Don has been at SBCC since 1989, serving as program Director from 1994-2003. He received
his A.S. degree in Underwater Technology from Florida Institute of Technology, B.S. in Occupational Studies at California State University and an M.A. in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University.
Don has been working in the marine technology industry for over 35 years. Before coming to work at SBCC, he worked as a submarine/ADS/ROV pilot and diver for several commercial diving corporations and as Pacific Division Manager of International Underwater Contractors, Inc.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Association of Commercial Diving Educators, Inc. (ACDE.) He is an active status Course Director/Instructor Trainer with the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI), The International Association of Nitrox and Technical Divers (IANTD) and Divers Alert Network (DAN). Don is also a member of NAUI's Technical Diving Advisory Board. He is a past President of The Historical Diving Society. (HDS)
Don is the author of "Fundamentals of Underwater and Marine Equipment " a manual which has been published for use in the Marine Technology program.
In 2008, SBCC selected Don as the Annual Faculty Lecturer which is SBCC's highest honor.
The criteria for selection to deliver the lecture are outstanding classroom teaching, counseling, or librarianship, and unselfish, dedicated faculty service to Santa Barbara City College. Barthelmess has the distinction of being the first faculty lecturer in the 29-year history of the award to represent a career technical education discipline.