Shipyard donates resources to Allendale welding program

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Huntington Ingalls Industries' (NYSE:HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division is donating training resources to the Southern Carolina Regional Development Alliance (SCA) for a welding program in Allendale County.
The SCA's Advanced Manufacturing Skills Training Program has already provided 47 students with welding training, and the SCA is now working to expand the program by implementing curricula developed and used by Newport News Shipbuilding. Newport News representatives presented the training materials to the SCA June 25. A shipyard welding instructor will work with the training facility to implement the curricula.
"Newport News Shipbuilding has found that by working closely and sharing some of our training materials with local community colleges and technical schools, we create a richer pipeline of talent applying for career opportunities with our company," said Bill Docalovich, Newport News director of trades services.
Going beyond basic instruction, the curricula supplied by Newport News includes computer-based training followed by hands-on practice led by facility instructors. The instructors will have the opportunity to learn Newport News' instructional style and use it with their students. With Newport News' influence, the students will develop the skills necessary for welding in the manufacturing industry.
The shipyard opened a field office in Aiken in January as part of its continuing efforts to expand the company's business in the Department of Energy and commercial energy markets. The office focuses on marketing professional services to the Savannah River Site as well as the regional commercial nuclear industry and is capable of providing any skill-set necessary to design, plan, construct and test large complex nuclear projects.
The curricula donation demonstrates Newport News' commitment to the community, said Jill O'Donnell, manager of nuclear engineering projects, who oversees the Aiken office. "Since opening the office we have looked for ways to invest in workforce development in this region. The Advanced Manufacturing Skills Training Program is a great fit for the type of expertise we can contribute and we look forward to continuing to work with the SCA and the counties they serve."
"Several recent professional studies have indicated the need for thousands of welders and pipefitters in the Carolinas and Georgia over the next five to 10 years," said Danny Black, president and CEO of SCA. With assistance from Newport News, the facility's welding program will help prepare the next generation of welders meet this growing need."
Huntington Ingalls Industries designs, builds and maintains nuclear and non-nuclear ships for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard and provides after-market services for military ships around the globe. For more than a century, HII has built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder at its Newport News Shipbuilding and Ingalls Shipbuilding divisions. Employing about 38,000 in Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana and California, HII also provides a wide variety of products and services to the commercial energy industry and other government customers, including the Department of Energy.
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