Photo Release -- Ingalls Shipbuilding Celebrates Apprentice Graduation
PASCAGOULA, Miss., July 1, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls
Industries (NYSE:HII) held graduation ceremonies for Ingalls Shipbuilding's
Apprentice School on Saturday. The ceremony, held at the Mississippi Gulf
Coast Convention Center, celebrated the accomplishments of 60 students
representing Ingalls' various crafts.
Ingalls' Apprentice School Graduation
Sixty students representing various
crafts graduated from Ingalls
Shipbuilding's Apprentice School on
Saturday. Since 1952, the Apprentice
School has produced more than 4,000
graduates in support of Ingalls'
operational needs. Photo by Lance Davis
A photo accompanying this release is available at
Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann was the keynote speaker and
acknowledged the graduates' commitments. "In addition to the commitments
you've made to Mississippi, Ingalls and your families, Mississippi has made a
commitment to you," he said. "The Haley Reeves Barbour Maritime Training
Academy is opening soon. This is a commitment to you and our future graduates
and will be used in training our workforce to make things in Mississippi.
Whether it's building ships for the U.S. Navy, testing rockets or building
cars, we make a lot of things in Mississippi. You are an integral part of
that, and the work you do is really important. You should be very proud of
what you have accomplished today."
Ingalls' Apprentice Program involves a comprehensive two- to four-year
curriculum for students interested in shipbuilding careers. Since 1952, the
Apprentice School has produced more than 4,000 graduates in support of
Ingalls' operational needs.
"With the hard work and commitment you've demonstrated by completing this
program, you've shown us all that you are invested in your career and this
company, and you've shown us that you are leaders," said Ingalls Shipbuilding
President Irwin F. Edenzon. "Leaders shout out loud when they see us making a
wrong turn or when they see someone else having a problem. Leaders ask when
they don't know. Leaders don't let others do wrong without stepping up to make
sure we make it right. Leaders make good ideas happen. And leaders at Ingalls
Shipbuilding are everywhere. So congratulations, you have earned this. And
thanks for all you do to build great ships."
More than 60 faculty and staff teach 14 different programs and more than 60
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. Today, more than 1,000 alumni of the school fill approximately 50
different types of jobs—from pipe welders to senior executives.
Pipefitter Jeffrey Mowrey of St. Martin was the Outstanding Apprentice of the
Year with a 99.21 grade point average. Mowrey noted he had "big shoes to fill"
as he follows his father, Eugene, who was a Master Shipbuilder, working at
Ingalls for 41 years. "I guess you could say I had shipbuilding in my blood,"
For more information on Ingalls' Apprentice Program, visit the school's
website at: www.apprenticeschool.com/gc.
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 at
its Newport News Shipbuilding and Ingalls Shipbuilding divisions. Employing
about 37,000 in Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana and California, HII also
provides a wide variety of products and services to the commercial energy
industry and other government customers, including the Department of Energy.
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
CONTACT: Bill Glenn
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