PHOTO RELEASE -- Ingalls Shipbuilding Opens Haley Reeves Barbour Maritime
PASCAGOULA, Miss., Nov. 6, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls
Industries' (NYSE: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
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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
"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
"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
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
more than 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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