PASCAGOULA, Miss., Aug. 13, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) 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.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, delivered the keynote address and spoke directly to the graduates saying, "I believe it is the Navy that keeps our country, in fact, the world safe. It is the work you graduates do here at Ingalls that prevents the loss of lives. It is our Navy and those young men and women on those ships you will build that will defend democracy and liberty around the world.
"Today you have achieved a level of competency that will allow you to work on the finest warships made by man," Gov. Bryant continued. "We ought to be proud of that. We ought to have a little swagger. We're America. We build warships. Today, let me express as governor of the state of Mississippi -- you are building freedom. Do it well and congratulations."
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.
"As a graduate of this program, you have learned the skills necessary to be successful in your craft and in your profession as a shipbuilder," said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Irwin F. Edenzon. "More importantly, today you officially assume responsibility as a leader at Ingalls Shipbuilding. As an apprentice graduate, you have decided to take ownership of your career. You've proven that you know how to work hard to achieve your training and educational goals. And, as an apprentice graduate, you have built a solid foundation to achieve your career goals.
"The learning and developing doesn't stop with this graduation ceremony," Edenzon continued. "In fact, it's only the beginning. Whether you decide to be the best fitter, welder, machinist, carpenter or electrician we've ever had - or you decide to set your sights on my job - the hard work and dedication you've already demonstrated will serve you well. You make me proud to be an Ingalls Shipbuilder."
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.
For more information on Ingalls Apprentice Program, visit the school's website at: www.apprenticeschool.com/gc.
About Huntington Ingalls
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. Employing more than 37,000 in Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana and California, its primary business divisions are Newport News Shipbuilding and Ingalls Shipbuilding. For more information, visit:
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