Ingalls Shipbuilding partners with Attala Center for shipfitting class
Holmes Community College partnered with Ingalls Shipbuilding in the fall for a 14-week
shipfitting class at the Attala Center in Kosciusko. The class finished last week,
and after Ingalls' representatives administered one final test, all class members
were offered jobs and began employment at Ingalls this week. The remaining members
were offered jobs with local companies.
For the last 80 years Ingalls, the largest industrial/manufacturing employer in Mississippi,
has 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.
Students learned basic safety, ship terms, blueprint reading, welding and industrial
math, which were tailored to specific needs of Ingalls Shipbuilding's operations.
These skills could also apply to other the career paths. Tim Townsend and Michael
Thompson were the lead instructors while Cham Blain taught blueprint reading and Sara
Williams taught industrial math.
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.
Two other local companies, Twin Rivers and Anel, came and spoke to the students about
a job as well.