An innovative partnership is underway between the Workforce Development program at Holmes Community College and the largest industrial/manufacturing employer in Mississippi, Ingalls Shipbuilding.

For 80 years, the employees of Ingalls Shipbuilding have pioneered the development and production of technologically-advanced, highly-capable warships for the surface Navy fleet, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marine Corps and foreign and commercial customers.

Now, Holmes’ Kosciusko location will host various training sessions to assist with their ongoing needs for new hires who are skilled in structural fitting, pipe fitting and welding. While these courses will be tailored to specific needs of Ingalls Shipbuilding’s operations, graduates who successfully complete the course(s) will obtain skills they may apply to the career path of their choosing.

Individuals who complete the courses, and remain active in the local workforce, will bring new and sought-after skills to employers in Attala County and surrounding areas. Many businesses in Holmes’ nine-county district will enjoy taking advantage of these new course offerings.

“We are proud and excited to announce these new course offerings, as well as our partnership with Ingalls,” said Dr. Mike Blankenship, vice president of Workforce Development at Holmes. “Because they (Ingalls) are a large employer and a major contributor to the economic growth of the state, this relationship aligns closely with our purpose at Holmes’ Workforce Development Centers. We aim to be a leader in education by serving as a comprehensive, community-oriented institution delivering flexible, responsive programs of the highest quality.”

The Pascagoula-based enterprise aims to provide students with employment offers, contingent on successful completion of the course, as well as recommendations from Holmes staff based on class performance. Employment with Ingalls will include a number of perks and benefits, including a 401K, and opportunities for advancement within the company. Additionally, the company offers frequent performance bonuses and a tuition-reimbursement program to allow employees to further their education while employed with Ingalls.  To begin the program, a high school diploma/GED is not required, but preferred.

The contracted training will be conducted in a non-credit format at the Attala Center in Kosciusko, beginning this July, and concluding mid-fall 2018.  To learn more, or to enroll in the program, contact Mandy Burrell at (662) 472.9172.

To learn about Ingalls Shipbuilding, please visit ingalls.huntingtoningalls.com.

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