Photo Release -- Huntington Ingalls Industries Hosts Apprentice School
NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Feb. 27, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls
Industries (NYSE:HII) hosted commencement exercises Saturday for the company's
Apprentice School located at Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS). The graduation,
held at Liberty Baptist Church Worship Center in Hampton, celebrated the
achievements of 206 apprentices representing 21 trades.
Apprentice School Graduation
Micah Terrell Meeks received the Homer
L. Ferguson Award for earning the
highest grade point average in combined
required academics and crafts.
A photo accompanying this release is available at
Retired Navy Adm. Tim Keating served as the commencement speaker and shared
some of his personal experiences with NNS-built aircraft carriers and
submarines and their impact on national security. "Think of the difference you
have made over decades of good, honest hard work," he said to the graduates.
He later went on to tell the newest generation of shipbuilders, "You are our
secret weapon. No one else has you guys."
Fifty-six apprentices completed an optional, advanced program (advanced
shipyard operations, cost estimator, modeling and simulation program analyst,
nuclear test technician or production planner). Forty-seven apprentices earned
honors, and 13 apprentices earned high honors under the new honors program
that combines academic and craft grades to determine overall performance.
Athletic awards were presented to 22 apprentices, and 10 apprentices completed
their required academics with perfect 4.0 grade point averages.
Micah Terrell Meeks received the Homer L. Ferguson Award for earning the
highest grade point average in combined required academics and crafts. He,
too, reflected on the importance of shipbuilding.
"As Newport News shipbuilders, we do hard things right," Meeks said. "This
isn't a slogan to us; this is our way of life. It's also a debt we all owe for
living in this great country, for choosing to work in a profession that
provides our nation's Navy with the tools they need to protect our homes, our
family and our way of life."
More than 100 faculty and staff teach 25 different programs and more than 75
course offerings at The Apprentice School, which provides high-quality,
comprehensive four- and five-year programs for students interested in
shipbuilding careers. Since 1919, the programs have produced more than 9,800
graduates in support of the operational needs of the company. An
apprenticeship is a formal training program that allows students to receive
instruction and experience—both theoretical and practical—in the various
aspects of a skilled trade.
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) designs, builds and maintains nuclear and
non-nuclear ships for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard and provides after-market
services for military ships around the globe. For more than a century, HII has
built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder.
HII also provides a wide variety of products and services to the commercial
energy industry and other government customers, including the Department of
Energy. Employing about 37,000 in Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana and
California, its primary business divisions are Newport News Shipbuilding and
Ingalls Shipbuilding. For more information about HII, visit:
*HII on the web: www.huntingtoningalls.com
*HII on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HuntingtonIngallsIndustries
*HII on Twitter: twitter.com/hiindustries
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CONTACT: Christie Miller
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