May 20, 2019 PORT TOWNSEND, WA— Following a board meeting on May 20th, Bainbridge Island based educational nonprofit Salish Sea Expeditions (SSE) and the Northwest Maritime Center (NWMC) have announced their intention to merge into a single organization. Barring any unanticipated issues, the merger will become effective July 1st.
The merger was born from two successful organizations looking to increase their impact and effectiveness. “At the heart of this was a desire to reduce overhead and improve program quality and sustainability,” said SSE Board president Trina Wellman. “We were in between executive directors—a natural time to reconsider how to best deliver our programs.” For 22 years, SSE has provided inquiry-based science/sailing programs to roughly 700 students a year onboard the 61’ sailing vessel, S/V Carlyn. “We approached the Maritime Center because of their complimentary educational goals and proven ability to innovate and execute.”
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