PASCAGOULA, Miss., Aug. 13, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls Industries' (NYSE:HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division has donated $53,640 to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) for the purchase of welding machines to be used at the school's new Transitions Academy. The academy will be housed at MGCCC's West Harrison County Center in Long Beach, Miss.
"Ingalls Shipbuilding and MGCCC have a longstanding partnership in workforce development and training," said Brian Cuccias, Ingalls Shipbuilding president. "This donation solidifies our commitment to continuing this partnership and the ultimate goal of growing the number of skilled professionals on the Gulf Coast."
The academy will offer adults 18 years of age or older who do not possess a high school diploma the opportunity to pursue a GED certificate and college coursework credit simultaneously. The programs will utilize an innovative approach for the students to learn their skills. Welding technology has been selected as one of the programs to be offered.
"We are extremely appreciative of the $53,640 donation from Ingalls Shipbuilding," said Mary S. Graham, president of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. "This donation will be used to purchase welding machines to train Transitions Academy students working to advance their education and learn a high-paying, in-demand trade as well. For more than 50 years, Ingalls has been a strong industry partner with MGCCC. Together we have worked to implement innovative, successful programs to train and educate the workforce in South Mississippi."
About Huntington Ingalls
Huntington Ingalls Industries designs, builds and manages the life-cycle of the most complex nuclear and conventionally-powered ships for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII also provides engineering and project management services expertise to the commercial energy industry, the Department of Energy and other government customers. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs more than 39,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit: