Originally posted from author Becky Gillette of the MS Business Journal. For the full article, visit djjournal.com

HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, the largest manufacturing employer in Mississippi, currently has more than 11,300 people on staff, including union-represented craftsmen and women, engineers, planners, supply chain specialists, business management and program management professionals.

The company’s weekly payroll of $14 million has a tremendous economic benefit to the region.

HII announced July 6 that the Ingalls Shipbuilding division plans to hire more than 2,000 full-time shipbuilders as part of its future workforce plans.

“The new shipbuilders will join a skilled workforce that delivers critical capabilities to HII’s national security customers, including amphibious warships, destroyers, and national security cutters,” the company said in a press release. “Ingalls Shipbuilding is located on an 800-acre facility, having recently completed a state-of-the-art upgrade that includes covered workspaces to keep shipbuilders dry and cool.”

“This program is an important reflection of who we are. Through these scholarships we are supporting our employees and their families, with benefits long-term for our communities and ultimately the nation. I am committed to supporting this program and the educational opportunities it brings to students.”

HII President and CEO Chris Kastner

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (Aug., 2, 2022) — All-domain defense and technologies partner HII (NYSE:HII) announced today that the company’s scholarship fund, now in its seventh year, has awarded 190 scholarships to dependent children of HII employees for the 2022-2023 school year. HII’s scholarship fund has awarded more than $3 million in 1,170 scholarships over the life of the program, providing educational opportunities to more than 600 children of employees across the HII enterprise.

“This program is an important reflection of who we are,” said Chris Kastner, HII’s president and CEO. “Through these scholarships we are supporting our employees and their families, with benefits long-term for our communities and ultimately the nation. I am committed to supporting this program and the educational opportunities it brings to students.”

The HII Scholarship Fund was formed to provide financial assistance to dependent children of HII employees who are pursuing a post-secondary college or technical/vocation degree and to dependent children who are enrolled in qualifying pre-kindergarten school readiness programs.

Of the scholarships awarded, 30 were granted to students in four-year college education programs, 20 were granted to students in two-year degree or vocational programs, and 50 were granted to students in early childhood school-readiness programs.

Individual award amounts ranged from $3,000 for selected students enrolled in a four-year college program to $1,500 for selected students enrolled in two-year programs; the post-secondary awards are renewable for recipients who remain in good academic standing. The fund also awards scholarships of up to $3,000 for pre-school education costs.

Children of all HII employees are eligible to apply for the scholarship fund, with the exception of children of senior executives and those employees who have been with the company for less than two years.

The HII Scholarship Fund is administered through Scholarship America. The selection process for awards is independent of HII and based on both academic scholarship and financial need. No employee or officer of HII plays a part in the selection process.

To view testimonies from this year’s recipients, learn more about how to make a tax-deductible donation to the fund, or for more details on how to apply for 2023, please visit: https://hii.com/hii-scholarship-fund/.

Through the decades, HII has made numerous investments in education programs; partnerships with local high schools, community colleges and technical schools to develop trade-based curriculum; summer internships for both students and teachers, and industry-leading apprentice schools at the company’s two shipyards. Additionally this year, HII provided scholarships to Aerospace Industry Association’s 2022 American Rocketry Challenge graduating seniors and Wings of America Naval aviation families to help the aerospace and defense industry provide opportunities for the next generation of technology providers.

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PASCAGOULA, Miss., (July 06, 2022) — Global defense and technologies partner HII (NYSE: HII) announced today that the company’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division plans to hire over 2,000 full-time shipbuilders as part of its future workforce plans.

The new shipbuilders will join a skilled workforce that delivers critical capabilities to HII’s national security customers, including amphibious warships, destroyers and national security cutters. Ingalls Shipbuilding is located on an 800-acre facility, having recently completed a state-of-the-art upgrade that includes covered workspaces to keep shipbuilders dry and cool.

“With a shipbuilding legacy of nearly 84 years, Ingalls offers careers dedicated to a service mission — building ships that protect and defend our freedoms,” Ingalls Shipbuilding President Kari Wilkinson said. “We are excited to be adding new members to our team and to be providing a variety of stable career opportunities to our community.”

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An employee from HII's Ingalls Shipbuilding division grinds metal during construction of a ship. With over 500 different jobs, visit buildyourcareer.com to search job descriptions, job listings, and apply online.

Ingalls Shipbuilding’s talent acquisition team will be hosting a hiring event from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, July 9, 2022, at the Ingalls Maritime Training Academy located on Jerry St. Pé Highway. Ingalls will be hiring pipe fitters, pipe welders, structural welders, ship fitters and seeking applicants for entry-level opportunities.

Competitive starting wages, day-one benefits, 12 paid holidays annually and opportunities for advancement make Ingalls a great place to work.

“With over 500 different jobs, there is no limit to what you can do at Ingalls,” said Susan Jacobs, vice president of human resources and administration. “Shipbuilding is hard work, but we strive to make sure our shipbuilders have the tools and conveniences they need to do the hard work well.”

In recent years, Ingalls Shipbuilding facility upgrades have also included additional hydration stations, improved access to work sites and tool rooms, and expanded meal choices in the shipyard, including a Chick-fil-A.

For more information, visit buildyourcareer.com.

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Feb. 22, 2022 — Global engineering and defense technologies provider HII (NYSE:HII) announced today that seven employees from its Newport News Shipbuilding and Ingalls Shipbuilding divisions were recognized for achievements in the science, technology, engineering and math fields during the 36th annual Black Engineer of the Year Award STEM Global Competitiveness Conference.

“These employees represent the best of the best in STEM innovation,” said Edmond Hughes, Ingalls’ vice president, human resources and administration. “Their contributions enhance the capabilities and technologies HII delivers to our customers, and ultimately these engineers strengthen America’s national security.”

Six HII employees received the Modern Day Technology Leader award, which recognizes efforts in shaping the future of engineering, science and technology. They are:

  • Alonzo Smith, manager process improvement, Newport News Shipbuilding
  • Cainesha Holloway, engineer nuclear, Newport News Shipbuilding
  • Eric Scott, manager engineering, Newport News Shipbuilding
  • Randie Dyess, engineering technician, Newport News Shipbuilding
  • Tania Johnson, chief electrical engineer, Ingalls Shipbuilding
  • William Johnson, electrical engineer, Ingalls Shipbuilding
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Huntington Ingalls Industries proudly congratulates our 2022 BEYA award winners.

One other employee received the career achievement industry award, which recognizes significant achievements for engineering in industry and performance as a role model and mentor for minorities in technology. She is:

  • Thomasina Wright, director programs, Newport News Shipbuilding

A photo accompanying this release is available at: 

https://newsroom.huntingtoningalls.com/file/beya-awards-2022.

“It is great to recognize these accomplished STEM recipients,” said Xavier Beale, vice president of trades at Newport News Shipbuilding. “Their contributions and talent have a real impact on shaping not only technology, but the shipbuilding team around them.”

HII is a global engineering and defense technologies provider. With a 135-year history of trusted partnerships in advancing U.S. national security, HII delivers critical capabilities ranging from the most powerful and survivable naval ships ever built, to unmanned systems, ISR and AI/ML analytics. HII leads the industry in mission-driven solutions that support and enable a networked, all-domain force. Headquartered in Virginia, HII’s skilled workforce is 44,000 strong. For more information, visit:

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Feb. 17, 2022 — Global engineering and defense technologies provider HII (NYSE:HII) ranked #11 among large companies on the list of America’s Best Employers for 2022, published this month in Forbes magazine. According to Forbes, HII’s ranking represents the biggest jump of any large company on the list, rising from number 387 last year. HII is also the only aerospace and defense contractor within the top 40 large companies on the list.

The America’s Best Employers list is based on views of 60,000 Americans surveyed anonymously. Respondents were asked to rate companies on factors such as working conditions, development opportunities, compensation, and how likely they’d be to recommend their employer. Forbes partnered with the market research company Statista to identify the companies; HII played no role in the survey methodology, identification of respondents or compilation of results.“I’ve always said and I truly believe we’re in the workforce development business,” said Mike Petters, president and CEO of HII. “In all my years with this company, and the last 11 leading HII, I’ve found that if you take care of employees just about everything else takes care of itself.”

At 44,000 strong, HII’s workforce unites diverse backgrounds and skill sets, from pipe fitters to nuclear physicists to software coders. Nearly a quarter of HII’s workforce has been with the company at least 25 years, and more than 1,600 workers have been employed for at least 40 years. Additionally, HII hires, trains and upskills more than 5,000 workers each year.

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While offering best-in-class benefits to its employees, HII also invests in nurturing its talent pipeline, spending $100 million each year on workforce development, including the shipbuilding apprentice schools in Virginia and Mississippi and a tuition reimbursement program that promotes continued education among existing employees.

With the long-term health and welfare of the defense industrial base in mind, the company supports the HII Scholarship Fund, offering employees subsidies for childcare. The company also supports the Maritime Training Academy, middle school science, technology, engineering and math mentorship and other education-related initiatives in support of the future workforce.

In addition, HII invests in the communities where employees live and work. In 2021 the company contributed more than $6 million in charitable giving to the United Way, American Red Cross and American Heart Association, among other nonprofit and charitable organizations.

HII is a global engineering and defense technologies provider. With a 135-year history of trusted partnerships in advancing U.S. national security, HII delivers critical capabilities ranging from the most powerful and survivable naval ships ever built, to unmanned systems, ISR and AI/ML analytics. HII leads the industry in mission-driven solutions that support and enable a networked, all-domain force. Headquartered in Virginia, HII’s skilled workforce is 44,000 strong. For more information, visit:

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PASCAGOULA, Miss., June 19, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE: HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division extended full-time job offers to 60 high school seniors across coastal Mississippi and Alabama who have successfully completed specialized career technical education (CTE) training.

“These students will enter our workforce with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in shipbuilding,” said George S. Jones, Ingalls vice president of operations. “Over the course of their academic years, these students worked hard and stayed the course, and as a result, will immediately begin their careers as high-level candidates. We are proud of their early dedication and look forward to all they will accomplish over the course of their careers.”

CTE training programs are offered through a partnership with local school district leaders and career technical educators. Ingalls provides guidance, materials, engineering and construction expertise to facilitate training that exposes students to various maritime trades. Upon program completion, graduates enter the Ingalls workforce as entry-level skilled craftsmen and women.

“The training programs these new graduates have completed allow us to establish a pipeline of talent that is integral to maintaining a healthy workforce,” said Edmond Hughes, Ingalls vice president of human resources and administration. “We are pleased to share this milestone with 60 exceptional students who are eager to begin their careers at Ingalls.”

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Sixty high school seniors from across coastal Mississippi and Alabama, who successfully completed specialized career technical education training, signed offer letters from Ingalls Shipbuilding. 

Jun 19, 2020

PASCAGOULA, Miss., Oct. 10, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE: HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday for its new Shipbuilder Academy site in Gulfport.

Shipbuilder Academy was established in 2016 at Ingalls’ Maritime Training Academy with a mission to provide enrolled students with a strong foundation in the maritime industry and fill the current industry skills gap. Through a partnership with the Gulfport School District, Ingalls is expanding the program to a new site inside the repurposed Gaston Point Elementary School.

“Ingalls has been a cornerstone of the Gulf Coast for more than 80 years, and we want to provide paths for hiring local talent,” said Brian Cuccias, president of Ingalls Shipbuilding. “A well-trained workforce is so vital to our community’s success that Ingalls has created a proactive approach in helping create meaningful programs that result in job-ready, skilled graduates. These students become a pipeline for Ingalls and other companies along the Gulf Coast.”

In addition to the partnership with Gulfport School District, the new Shipbuilder Academy site received a grant in the amount of $150,000 from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The grant is meant to help Gulfport School District and Ingalls increase workforce development and career pathways by expanding Shipbuilder Academy across the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

The program, now entering its fourth year, has expanded to Mobile County and enrolls students from eight high schools along the Gulf Coast, including Pascagoula, Gautier, Moss Point, East Central, Vancleave, St. Martin, Ocean Springs and Alma Bryant. The Gaston Point site will serve students from an additional three high schools: Biloxi, Gulfport and Pass Christian.

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Ingalls Shipbuilding celebrated the opening of its new Shipbuilder Academy site in Gulfport. Participating in the ceremonial ribbon-cutting were (left to right) Glen East, superintendent of Gulfport School District; Ciara Coleman, program manager for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation; Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias; Edmond Hughes, Ingalls’ vice president of human resources and administration; and Dr. John R. Kelly, chief administrative officer for the City of Gulfport. Photo by Derek Fountain/HII

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PASCAGOULA, Miss., Sept. 06, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE: HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division, along with the Pascagoula-Gautier School District, celebrated the opening of a new talent development lab at Pascagoula High School today. The talent development lab at Pascagoula High School is the third in a partnership Ingalls forged with three local high schools to bolster each of the school’s technical programs, especially in shipbuilding trades. The first lab opened last year at Moss Point High School.

“The work we’ve accomplished with our partners at these schools has been outstanding, but it’s not done yet,” said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias. “We know there is great potential in the American workforce and a great need for more skilled workers. These labs will give students along the Gulf Coast a head start in their prospective trades, making them some of the most highly competitive applicants when the time comes for them to enter the workforce. 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.”

The talent development lab at Pascagoula High School is the third installment in the Ingalls Strategic Technical Education Partnership. I-STEP was established to assist local students in a career path by supporting their schools’ technical/welding programs and, in turn, cultivating the next-generation workforce. So far, Ingalls has opened labs at Moss Point High School and at Alma Bryant High School in Irvington, Alabama.

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Ingalls Shipbuilding celebrated the opening of a new welding lab and machine shop at Pascagoula High School. Participating in the ceremonial ribbon-cutting were (left to right) George S. Jones, Ingalls’ vice president of operations; Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias; Wayne Rodolfich, superintendent of the Pascagoula-Gautier School District; and Sonny Backs, president of the Pascagoula-Gautier School Board. Photo by Derek Fountain/HII

“We are focusing on having a better integration of young people into the workforce,” said Wayne Rodolfich, superintendent of the Pascagoula-Gautier School District. “The facility has not been renovated since the opening of the building in the 1970s. As you can imagine, we started running into problems with things like ventilation and cleanliness. Then Ingalls came along with an idea on how to help our students who want to get started in the industry, and we jumped at the opportunity.”

In addition to the renovations to the facilities, Ingalls has provided the schools with modern welding equipment and all of the necessary safety equipment to ensure industry standards are met while learning, which will provide an easier transition from student to professional.

About Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Solutions division provides a wide range of professional services through its Fleet Support, Mission Driven Innovative Solutions, Nuclear & Environmental, and Oil & Gas groups. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs more than 41,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit:

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Aug. 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE: HII) announced today that the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) named HII as its Large Employer of the Year for veteran hiring during the 98th DAV and Auxiliary National Convention held on Sunday in Orlando, Fla.

“We are steadily focused on hiring, training and retaining U.S. veterans throughout our company,” said Bill Ermatinger, HII’s executive vice president and chief human resource officer. “Veterans are a highly skilled and capable group of candidates who have proven through their service they have the discipline and drive to succeed at HII. We are honored to be recognized by DAV for our efforts to serve those who have served us.”

Of the 41,000 employees working across HII, more than 18 percent are veterans. Each of HII’s three divisions has at least one recruiter dedicated to hiring veterans. The company’s talent acquisition team and hiring managers are routinely trained on how to identify, recruit and retain veteran talent.

“HII knows that veterans and disabled veterans alike come to the workforce with experience in management, leadership and teamwork,” said DAV National Commander Dennis Nixon. “I’m grateful for what they have done for the men and women who served, and their commitment to address the employment rate of military spouses. They clearly understand that when you hire veterans, you hire some very skilled and sought-after talent.”

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Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Solutions division provides a wide range of professional services through its Fleet Support, Mission Driven Innovative Solutions, Nuclear & Environmental, and Oil & Gas groups. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs more than 41,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit:

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va., July 11, 2019 — Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE: HII) announced today its three-year sponsorship of National PTA’s STEM + Families initiative. HII’s sponsorship kicked off in conjunction with the 2019 National PTA Convention and Expo, which was held in late June in Columbus, Ohio.

This is the first enterprise-wide sponsorship HII has made since its establishment in 2011. The company is a strong advocate of science, technology, engineering and math initiatives and early childhood education, seeing both as fundamental to ensuring a skilled and productive workforce of the future.

“At HII, we view ourselves not only as a defense contractor, but also as a workforce development company,” said Bill Ermatinger, HII’s executive vice president and chief human resources officer. “We believe education is the foundation of our nation’s security and that it is the responsibility of everyone—not just our publicly funded schools—to help develop tomorrow’s leaders. We are proud to support National PTA’s effort to expand access to hands-on STEM experiences across the country, and we are confident our support of this important initiative will contribute to the success of our nation.”

STEM + Families is a nationwide effort to ensure that all students and families have access to meaningful STEM learning opportunities at school and at home. National PTA’s vision is that all students and their families—especially those typically underrepresented in STEM fields—view STEM education pathways and careers as interesting, realistic options. Through the initiative, National PTA works with local PTAs, school communities and a wide range of partners to engage families together in hands-on, interactive STEM experiences.

“Showing students and families how much fun STEM can be and the many education pathways and STEM careers available to them is important to help children realize their full potential and ensure the long-term economic success of our nation,” said Leslie Boggs, president of National PTA. “We are grateful to HII for supporting our efforts to increase access to STEM experiences for all children and families and expose them to opportunities that can lead to fulfilling, in-demand technical careers.”

About Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Solutions division provides a wide range of professional services through its Fleet Support, Mission Driven Innovative Solutions, Nuclear & Environmental, and Oil & Gas groups. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs more than 40,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit:

About National PTA

National PTA comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth. For more information, visit PTA.org.

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