Ingalls Opens Maritime Training Academy

Posted by Eric Haun
Thursday, November 07, 2013
Haley Reeves Barbour (center), the former governor of Mississippi, officially opens the Maritime Training Academy, which bears his name. Also participating in the ribbon-cutting are (left to right) Mike Mangum, president, Jackson County Board of Supervisors; Mississippi State Sen. Brice Wiggins; Irwin F. Edenzon, president, Ingalls Shipbuilding; Mike Petters, president and CEO, Huntington Ingalls Industries; Dr. Mary Graham, president, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College; and U.S. Rep. Stev

Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division officially opened the company's brand-new, 70,000 square-foot Haley Reeves Barbour Maritime Training Academy today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The building, named for the former Mississippi governor, will serve as the training epicenter for Ingalls' apprentice program and will also help bolster the number of students.

"Today symbolizes the state's commitment to workforce development and skills training for all of our working people so they can get better, higher-paying jobs," Barbour said. "This will be a symbol to students in Jackson County, south Mississippi, our whole state that the trades and the crafts provide wonderful careers that are rewarding and fulfilling. For many men and women, boys and girls, that's what their special talent is. We've got to start earlier in their lives, exposing them to the trades and what will be taught here."

 The building, a framed, two-story facility, has the feel of a college campus. It features 24 classrooms, three computer labs, a library, a bookstore, 26 offices/conference rooms, as well as several craft labs for the shipyard's various trades.

"This new Apprentice School facility will be instrumental in training future generations of shipbuilders," said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Irwin F. Edenzon. "Ingalls Shipbuilding and all of Huntington Ingalls Industries understands, as the governor does, that the most important investments we make are in our 'human capital.' We invest in craftsmanship, scholarship, leadership and citizenship because it makes us a better company and a better employer, and it's the right thing to do—just as the state's investment in these things helps make a better Mississippi. And it gives everyone the opportunity for a better quality of life."

Starting in January, there will be approximately 400 students enrolled in Ingalls' apprentice program. Currently, more than 60 faculty and staff deliver 14 different trade programs and more than 120 course offerings that enable apprentices to gain not only the skills, knowledge and pride of workmanship, but also the educational foundation and personal qualities needed to fully meet the challenges of a shipbuilding career.

"This partnership between government and industry is bigger than just one company," said HII President and CEO Mike Petters. "This is about a partnership that drives the economic backbone of the entire state. Shipbuilding is an opportunity to participate in something that is much bigger than you. We build ships that when they sail down the river, they go out and make history for 30 to 50 years. And we know that our products will be carrying the treasure of American society throughout all those decades. And we're proud that we have a chance to be a part of that, and this academy will play a major role in that."

Since 1952, Ingalls' Apprentice School has produced more than 4,000 graduates in support of the shipyard's operational needs. Today more than 1,500 apprentice alumni fill approximately 50 different types of jobs at Ingalls, from pipe welders to senior executives.

"Congratulations to the Ingalls Shipbuilding family on the dedication of the Haley Reeves Barbour Maritime Training Academy," Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said. "This training academy will ensure that the next generation of shipbuilders in Mississippi maintains the world-class shipbuilding reputation built right here at Ingalls."

Ingalls' apprentice program offers a comprehensive two- to four-year curriculum for students interested in shipbuilding careers. Ingalls is also entering into a new phase of partnership with the Mississippi Community College System to fully accredit apprentice courses and offer a bridge into degreed programs.

"This is an exciting time for the partnership between Ingalls Shipbuilding and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College," said Dr. Mary Graham, president of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC). "The Maritime Training Academy is an example of innovative thinking and an innovative approach to education. Not only will it advance students' education, but it will advance their careers. And that's what workforce training is all about."

Mike Mangum, president of the Jackson County Board of Supervisors, also spoke. "We are proud to partner with the State of Mississippi, Ingalls Shipbuilding and the MGCCC in this newest milestone," he said. "Huntington Ingalls is the model of good corporate citizenship and makes up part of the backbone of our economy."

huntingtoningalls.com
 

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter May 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

North P&I Club Repots Positive Financial Performance

North P&I Club reports that an exceptionally low year for claims has helped it increase its free reserves by $90 million to $428 million and deliver a combined ratio of 73.

Seaspan Responds to Canada’s NSS Announcement

In response to the Government of Canada’s announcement of a series of enhancements to strengthen the National Shipbuilding Strategy, Seaspan Shipyards’ president

DONG Energy Listing to Value Group at up to $16 Bln

DONG Energy's has set a potential $16 billion price tag on its stock market debut, giving investors a chance to buy into the growth in offshore wind power, but

Shipbuilding

Tech & Design Solutions for Modern Workboats

EPA Tier 4 regulations (for engines of 804 hp and higher) and propulsion advancements have many manufacturers and vessel designers changing course to adapt to new requirements and customer demands.

Seaspan Responds to Canada’s NSS Announcement

In response to the Government of Canada’s announcement of a series of enhancements to strengthen the National Shipbuilding Strategy, Seaspan Shipyards’ president

Raytheon Anschütz Selected as INS Provider for Canada’s OFSV

Raytheon Anschütz Selected as INS Provider for Canada’s OFSV   Thales, a major system integrator in Canada, has chosen Raytheon Anschütz as the supplier of the

Ship Repair & Conversion

BWTS Refit for Netherlands Naval Vessels

The Defense Material Organization has awarded three contracts to Goltens Worldwide’s Green Technologies business unit for the engineering and turnkey installation

Damen's Oranjewerf Yard ISO 9001:2008 Certified

Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf (DSO) has become the latest Damen ship repair yard to receive ISO 9001:2008 certification, demonstrating that the yard fulfils the requirements

Davie Begins First Resolve-Class AOR Conversion

Davie Shipbuilding has cut first steel for the Resolve Class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment vessel.   The project consists of converting a containership into an

Education/Training

Returning to the Scene of the Shipwrecks

A participant in a diving field school last fall, graduate student Tori Kiefer is back to help a new set of students learn the joy of surveying shipwrecks.   Last fall,

Crowley Awards Scholarships to Four Mass. Maritime Students

Four students from Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) have been awarded Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships.   Chosen based on their academic achievement,

Automated Skill Erosion

The increasing automation of vessels is causing some mariners to lose basic maritime skills.   Cruise ship Royal Majesty Grounding During dinner on June 10, 1995,

News

Tech & Design Solutions for Modern Workboats

EPA Tier 4 regulations (for engines of 804 hp and higher) and propulsion advancements have many manufacturers and vessel designers changing course to adapt to new requirements and customer demands.

Seaspan Responds to Canada’s NSS Announcement

In response to the Government of Canada’s announcement of a series of enhancements to strengthen the National Shipbuilding Strategy, Seaspan Shipyards’ president

DONG Energy Listing to Value Group at up to $16 Bln

DONG Energy's has set a potential $16 billion price tag on its stock market debut, giving investors a chance to buy into the growth in offshore wind power, but

Coast Guard

Seaspan Responds to Canada’s NSS Announcement

In response to the Government of Canada’s announcement of a series of enhancements to strengthen the National Shipbuilding Strategy, Seaspan Shipyards’ president

Migrant Boat Capsizes, Second in Two Days

A migrant boat capsized in the Mediterranean on Thursday and about 100 of its passengers have been rescued while the number of dead is unknown, officials said.   It

PureBallast Nears Completion of USCG Testing Procedures

Alfa Laval saiys it continues to move swiftly towards the submission of a U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) type approval application for Alfa Laval PureBallast 3.1. The

Eye on the Navy

BWTS Refit for Netherlands Naval Vessels

The Defense Material Organization has awarded three contracts to Goltens Worldwide’s Green Technologies business unit for the engineering and turnkey installation

This Day In Naval History: May 26

1943 - USS Saury (SS 189) attacks a Japanese convoy south of Kyushu and sinks transport Kagi Maru, about 10 miles north of the Nansei Shoto. Also on this date,

Aquino: China Breaks South China Sea Deal

Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Thursday accused China of breaking a U.S.-brokered deal between the two nations on the Scarborough Shoal, an uninhabited rocky outcrop in the South China Sea.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Standards Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Repair Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1350 sec (7 req/sec)