NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Feb. 27, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) hosted commencement exercises Saturday for the company's Apprentice School located at Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS). The graduation, held at Liberty Baptist Church Worship Center in Hampton, celebrated the achievements of 206 apprentices representing 21 trades.
"As Newport News shipbuilders, we do hard things right," Meeks said. "This isn't a slogan to us; this is our way of life. It's also a debt we all owe for living in this great country, for choosing to work in a profession that provides our nation's Navy with the tools they need to protect our homes, our family and our way of life."More than 100 faculty and staff teach 25 different programs and more than 75 course offerings at The Apprentice School, which provides high-quality, comprehensive four- and five-year programs for students interested in shipbuilding careers. Since 1919, the programs have produced more than 9,800 graduates in support of the operational needs of the company. An apprenticeship is a formal training program that allows students to receive instruction and experience—both theoretical and practical—in the various aspects of a skilled trade. Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) 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. HII also provides a wide variety of products and services to the commercial energy industry and other government customers, including the Department of Energy. Employing about 37,000 in Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana and California, its primary business divisions are Newport News Shipbuilding and Ingalls Shipbuilding. For more information about HII, visit:
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