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Maritime Professional Training names curriculum VP

Maritime Professional Training appointed Al Stiles as the school's vice president of curriculum development in a newly expanded role focused on broadening its courses in on-campus and e-learning online settings.

The maritime school opened its doors in 1983 and serves more than 10,000 students a year, providing training for mariners pursuing careers in the commercial and yachting maritime industries.

Stiles most recently worked with the Department of Justice for eight years as the enterprise learning technologies program officer, concluding 35 years of federal service.

In that role he managed the DOJ's e-learning development and delivery for 110,000 employees working in more than 50 federal agencies, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Bureau of Prisons; the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and U.S. attorneys and U.S. marshals.

He previously also served as director for the Center for Instructional Technology at the Department of Health and Human Services and as the advanced learning program officer and chief for the Human Capital Office in the Department of Homeland Security.

Additionally, Stiles served 20 years in the Coast Guard, captained the Cutter Spar, served as chief of command and operations at the Coast Guard Academy and worked previously with the Simulation, Training, Assessment & Research Center, where he oversaw the implementation of changes in merchant mariner training and licensing based on revisions of the international Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping.

"Al adds even greater depth to our curriculum development capabilities at MPT and will be instrumental in helping implement our vision for the expansion of MPT into new forms of content delivery,” Maritime Professional Training vice president of regulatory compliance and academic principal Amy Beavers said in a statement. “We are very happy to have him aboard.”

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