Huntington Ingalls Industries subsidiary Ingalls Shipbuilding looked to strengthen its pre-employment program and Alabama’s technical workforce with a recent donation to Bishop State Community College.
“This donation will help grow the number of skilled professionals in Alabama and support workforce development through technical education,” Brian Cuccias, HII corporate vice president and Ingalls Shipbuilding president, said Sept. 10.
According to HII, the $89,000 investment will go toward the purchase of equipment for the school’s welding and shipfitter programs, established at Carver Campus last year in collaboration with Ingalls.
The college holds the welding program for 11 weeks, and the shipfitter program for four weeks.
“[Through the partnership] …students have access to quality technical education, and the shipyard has new employees coming in with the experience and skills needed,” Cuccias said.
The shipyard has hired 104 graduates from the programs since 2013.