Today at the Gaston Point College and Career Readiness Facility, Ingalls Shipbuilding held their ribbon cutting to their new shipbuilder academy.
Twenty-seven students are already enrolled from Gulfport, Biloxi, and Pass Christian high schools in the academy.
Shipbuilder Academy gives high school seniors hands-on experience while exploring a career in maritime crafts.
Students have the chance to graduate with six hours of technical college credit for MGCCC, 24 national recognized credentials, and possibly even a job offer to Ingalls. Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias said, “I think we are the best shipyard in the country, if not the world. So, not only do they get an idea of what shipbuilding really is, they are being taught by, I think, some of the world’s best, and so it really gives them a unique opportunity. Forty miles from here is the largest shipyard in the world.”
Ingalls says this would not have been possible without the help from each school district as well as a grant funded by WW Kellogg Foundation for $150,000.