Ingalls Shipbuilding partners with HCC Attala Center for shipfitting class


Photo: Front row:  Monica Mallet, Jordan King, Ingalls Instructor and Test Saul Marquez, Ben Skelton, Matthew Moore, Brandon Purvis, Workforce Coordinator Mandy Burrell and Ingalls General Foreman/Recruiter Gene Ivey.

Back row:  Instructor Michael Thompson, Garrett Alston, Jadarius Melton, Martel Myers, Dylan Lee, Clint Miller, Clint Cook and Instructor Tim Townsend.

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.

To learn more, or to enroll in the program, contact Mandy Burrell at (662) 472-9172 or at [email protected]. To learn about Ingalls Shipbuilding, please visit

*Story submitted by Steven Diffey with Holmes Community College.

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