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Monday, February 19, 2018

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Kimberly Nastasi (Photo: HII)

Ingalls Names Nastasi Director of Communications

and public affairs.   Prior to joining Ingalls, Nastasi served as the chief executive officer of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce and the executive director for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce Foundation. She also served as an adjunct professor at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College for eight years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in speech communications and a master’s degree in communications from the University of Southern Mississippi.   During her career, she has served as the chair for several prestigious boards, including the 2016 winter

Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias, left, and Mary S. Graham, president of Mississippi Gulf Coast College hold the check representing the donation Ingalls made to MGCCC to purchase welding machines. (Photo: HII)

Ingalls Donates to MGCCC’s Transitions Academy

Huntington Ingalls Industries' (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

Jim McIngvale (Photo: HII)

McIngvale to Lead Ingalls Communications, Public Affairs

the University of Mississippi in 1976.   McIngvale serves as vice president of the board of directors of the Mississippi World Trade Center. He also serves on the board of governors of the Mississippi Economic Council, and he represents Jackson County on the board of trustees of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. In October, he will be named chairman of the board of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association.   In 2012, McIngvale was appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant as a commissioner of Go Coast 2020, charged with defining how key priorities and leveraged resources can help overcome challenges

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant tried his hand in a crane simulator during a tour of Ingalls Shipbuilding’s Maritime Training Academy. Also pictured is Larry Porter, a master trainer at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, which partners with Ingalls and the State of Mississippi in administering Ingalls’ apprenticeship program. Photo by Andrew Young/HII

Mississippi Governor Visits Ingalls Shipbuilding

Governor Bryant taking the time to visit today to see firsthand how Mississippi investments and resources are being applied in developing our future workforce," said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias. "Our continued partnerships with the State of Mississippi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College are providing real career opportunities for local students to learn shipbuilding skills through our apprenticeship program. This program is the lifeblood of our shipyard."

The Class of 2017 at Ingalls Shipbuilding's Apprentice School celebrates at their graduation ceremony (Photo: Andrew Young/HII)

Class of ’17 Graduates Ingalls Apprentice Program

both in shipbuilding and in life.”   Since 1952, Ingalls’ Apprentice School has produced nearly 5,000 graduates trained to fulfill the shipyard’s operational needs. The program offers a comprehensive two- to four-year curriculum, in partnership with the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, for students interested in shipbuilding careers.   Rear Adm. William Galinis, the U.S. Navy’s program executive officer, ships, was the keynote speaker. “The Navy will soon look to Ingalls Shipbuilding—to you—to restore the USS Fitzgerald and return

Robert Glassman (Photo: VMAG)

Glassman Joins VMAG

numerous aids to navigation projects, was the resident fisheries expert for the Gulf of Mexico, rescued many mariners from the sea, attended electronics schools to attain electrical engineering qualifications, became boarding officer qualified, partook in the massive rescue efforts in Alabama/Mississippi/Louisiana after hurricane Katrina and also responded to Deepwater Horizon disaster and participated in the gulf cleanup.     

Dorothy Shaw, Manager of community relations at Huntington Ingalls Industries

Dorothy Shaw of HII Receives "Forever Young" Award

vice president of human resources and administration. "It would be extremely difficult for me to quantify the time and dedication she invests in our community. I am honored that Coast Young Professionals recognizes these contributions." Coast Young Professionals is an organization of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce dedicated to developing leaders in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana. The organization implements programs, community service projects and special events to engage this young workforce and provide tools to better their careers.  

Gary Chouest, CEO, Edison Chouest Offshore

Edison Chouest Opening Mississippi Shipyard

on Seaway Road. The company will be operating at the former Huntington Ingalls Composite Facility, which was acquired by the Port in March 2015.    “Edison Chouest Offshore has been successfully producing quality vessels for decades, and through its business affiliate TopShip, 1,000 Mississippians on the Gulf Coast will have the opportunity to continue that tradition of quality,” Gov. Bryant said. “Mississippi has a proven track record in the shipbuilding industry, and we are proud to welcome TopShip to the state. I appreciate Gary Chouest and the entire Edison Chouest Offshore

Tony McWilliams (Photo: Pharma-Safe Industrial Services)

Pharma-Safe Expands into West Texas

; said Darrell Fontenot, Director of HSE. “His outstanding leadership credentials and business expertise allows us better serve clients in the Midland and Odessa areas and meet our strategic objectives.”    McWilliams holds a degree in Biology from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is a National Registered Paramedic and an active member of the Pittsburg State University Advisory Board for the School of Construction and Technology.   “Adding a physical presence in Midland was a logical step for us,” said Fontenot. “With the increased growth, developmen

Tadaaki Naito, President, NYK Photo: NYK Line

NYK Partners with KOSEN

 Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) and the National Institute of Technology (KOSEN) agreed to collaborate in the fields of education and public relations for the purpose of human resources development in the maritime industry and the promotion of maritime affairs awareness.   NYK has a number of programs to educate the next generation of seafarers, and one of those programs facilitates international student-exchanges between students at KOSEN maritime schools and the NYK-TDG Maritime Academy, which NYK operates in the Philippines.   In addition to these overseas exchange programs

Photo: HII

Ingalls Shipbuilding Named a ‘Fit-Friendly’ Worksite

Association's Greater Southeast Affiliate. "We enjoy working hand-in-hand with Ingalls as we improve the health of their number one asset: their dedicated employees. Our partnership is improving the health of our community each day."   Ingalls is one of 21 Fit-Friendly Worksites in Mississippi and one of three Platinum Fit-Friendly Worksites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.   Ingalls noted it received the American Heart Association's Community Innovation recognition for a number of initiatives, including opening the HII Family Health Center in Gautier and creating coloring books

Graduate apprentices 2014: Photo HII

Ingalls Shipbuilding Celebrates Apprentice Graduation

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) informs that it has held a graduation ceremony for graduates of Ingalls Shipbuilding's Apprentice School. The ceremony, held at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention Center, celebrated the accomplishments of 72 students representing various crafts at Ingalls. This is the first graduating class that had students who attended classes in the new Haley Reeves Barbour Maritime Training Academy. Through the academy, Ingalls is entering into a new phase of partnership with the Mississippi Community College System that offers a path into bachelor's degree programs.

Ed Hagar (center) accepted the Mississippi Business Journal's Healthiest Workplace Award on behalf of Ingalls Shipbuilding. Hagar, Ingalls’ manager of compensation, benefits and HRIS, is pictured with Tami Jones, associate publisher of the Mississippi Business Journal, and Murray Harber, executive director of the Mississippi Business Group on Health. (Photo: Bill Glenn/HII)

Ingalls Shipbuilding Named Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplace

 Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division took top honors in the Mississippi Business Journal’s Healthiest Workplace Awards, placing first in the mega large business category. The awards recognize employers throughout the state who strive to provide exceptional employee health and wellness programs and promote safe working environments.   “A company can only be as strong as its people,” said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias. “That is why Ingalls Shipbuilding is dedicated to providing multiple health and wellness services

Dr. Michael A. Alfultis

Alfultis Appointed President of SUNY Maritime

Dr. Michael A. Alfultis, a retired U.S. Coast Guard captain, and the director and chief administrative officer of the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point campus, has been named as the next president of the SUNY Maritime College. Dr. Alfultis’ appointment was affirmed today by the SUNY Board of Trustees who met in Buffalo. He will begin his Maritime presidential duties on Monday, July 14. With more than 20 years of undergraduate teaching experience and 13 years of progressive academic administrative responsibility at both military and civilian institutions of higher education

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Bill Aims to Aid US Maritime Workforce Development

Reps. Green, Wittman introduce Domestic Maritime Centers of Excellence Act   New legislation introduced his week intends to advance the capabilities of two-year community and technical colleges to assist the federal government and industry in securing the talent pipeline for domestic maritime industry jobs.   “In our district, we have a surplus of maritime jobs and not enough people with the skills and training to fill them,” said Representatives Gene Green (D-Texas), who introduced the bill with Rob Wittman (R-Va.).   “The industry is continuing to invest and

Photo courtesy of Suny Maritime College

SUNY Maritime Approved as NY Tax-free Site

The State University of New York Maritime College is officially open for business, after receiving formal designation as a tax-free area under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s START-UP NY program. In a March 2 letter to Maritime College President Michael A. Alfultis, Ph.D., Empire State Development President and CEO Designate, Howard Zemsky, wrote, “I am pleased to advise you that your request for the designation of tax-free areas has been approved by the START-UP NY Approval Board.”  SUNY Maritime College has designated 1,700 square feet of vacant space on its campus in Fort

Navigation Systems Donation Supports Industry Training

that provide all the information mariners need to navigate safely to their destination.   The Inland Institute, located near Paducah's riverfront, provides training and education for the logistics and marine industries. Renovation of the building at 631 Marine Way was accomplished through a Mississippi River Transportation and Distribution and Logistics grant. The Institute houses WKCTC’s Logistics & Operations Management and Marine Technology programs. Students can earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in these programs, completely online.   More than 700 students have

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