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200415-N-N0443-0003 GULFPORT, Miss. (April 15, 2020) Construction Electrician C-1 Advanced Class 20020 staff and students maintain physical distancing during a pole climbing exercise at Naval Construction Training Center Gulfport, Mississippi, as they follow CDC guidelines to the extent applicable as part of the training center's proactive approach to combat COVID-19. Construction electricians build, maintain and operate power production facilities and electrical distribution systems for naval installations and support the Navy and Marine Corps operational and expeditionary forces worldwide. (U.S. Navy photo)

Established in September 1942 at Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC), Naval Construction Training Center (NCTC) Port Hueneme, formerly named Camp Rousseau, was initially part of the Construction Battalion Center (CBC), one of several sites within NBVC at that time.

In 1945, Camp Rousseau became the Training and Distribution Center. There were 19 trade schools with courses running from three to twelve weeks. By BUPERS action in 1947, the Command was realigned into eight schools to conform with the seven new Seabee ratings and the Draftsman rating. 

In 1948, the Training and Distribution Center was renamed U.S. Naval Schools, Construction (NAVSCON) with "A" and " B" School levels added. By November 1956, the growth of the schools caused Chief of Naval Operations to designate NAVSCON a major shore activity. Class “C” (Advanced) levels were added in 1958.

The 1970s saw the further expansion of the Command’s mission to include Disaster Recovery Training, and in 1997 the initial Underwater Construction Technician School was formed at the command prior to moving to its present location in Panama City, Florida. 

In 1972, NAVSCON became part of the Naval Technical Training Command, now Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), and changed its name to Naval Construction Training Center (NCTC) Port Hueneme.

In the 1990s the Command was formalized as an Inter-Service Training Review Organization officially charged with training Air Force vehicle maintainers and other U.S. and foreign service members in the full spectrum of construction skills.

In 2022, NCTC Port Hueneme assumed oversight responsibilities of Learning Site China Lake, CA.

Today, NCTC Port Hueneme instructs over 3,000 Navy, Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and foreign military service members annually. NCTC Port Hueneme reports directly to the Center for Seabees and Facilities Engineering, one of fifteen learning centers in the NETC domain.

Courses of instruction include project management, vehicle maintenance, carpentry, welding, plumbing, electrical wiring, heavy equipment and crane operation, water well drilling, and blasting and quarry operations.  In all programs, technical competency is supplemented by a focus on character development.

Since the 1980s, the Command’s training curriculum has been fully accredited by various national organizations ensuring the highest academic standards are maintained. NCTC Port Hueneme received its most recent accreditation from the Council on Occupational Education in 2018.
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