Huntington Ingalls Industries has opened a new skill development laboratory at Pascagoula High School in Mississippi as part of the firm’s technical education efforts. The new laboratory is the third of its kind under HII’s Ingalls Strategic Technical Education Partnership, or I-STEP, that aims to prepare students for technical careers, HII said Friday.
“My hope is that this partnership will produce the skilled labor our country needs—leaders in our communities and young patriots that will one day build the ships needed to keep our nation safe,” said Brian Cuccias, president of HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division.
I-STEP’s third and latest laboratory follows existing installments at Alabama-based Alma Bryant High School and Mississippi-based Moss Point High School. The program also provides industry-standard welding and safety equipment for the participating schools.