USA: Graduation Ceremonies Held for Graduates of Ingalls Shipbuilding’s Apprentice School
Huntington Ingalls Industries held graduation ceremonies for graduates of Ingalls Shipbuilding’s Apprentice School on Saturday. The ceremony, held at the Biloxi Civic Center, included 295 students from crafts representing shipbuilders from Pascagoula, Gulfport, Miss., and Avondale, La., sites.
Two Outstanding Apprentices of the Year were honored and spoke to the graduating apprentices on behalf of the class: marine electrician Troy Glaviana from Avondale, and carpenter Richard Fairley from Pascagoula.
Ingalls Shipbuilding’s apprentice program provides comprehensive two-to-four year curriculums for students interested in shipbuilding careers. Since 1952, the Apprentice School has produced more than 4,000 graduates in support of the operational needs of Ingalls Shipbuilding.
More than 60 faculty and staff teach 15 different 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. Today, more than 430 alumni of the school fill approximately 50 different types of jobs at Ingalls Shipbuilding—from pipe welders to senior executives.
Source: huntingtoningalls, August 14, 2012