Ingalls Shipbuilding donates $53,640 to MGCCC’s Transitions Academy

Ingalls Shipbuilding president Brian Cuccias, left, and Dr. Mary S. Graham, MGCCC president, hold the check representing the donation Ingalls made to purchase welding machines for MGCCC’s Transitions Academy.

Ingalls Shipbuilding president Brian Cuccias, left, and Dr. Mary S. Graham, MGCCC president, hold the check representing the donation Ingalls made to purchase welding machines for MGCCC’s Transitions Academy.

Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula has donated $53,640 to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) for the purchase of welding machines to be used at the college’s new Transitions Academy. The academy is housed at MGCCC’s West Harrison County Center in Long Beach.

“Ingalls Shipbuilding and MGCCC have a longstanding partnership in workforce development and training,” said Brian Cuccias, Ingalls Shipbuilding president. “This donation solidifies our commitment to continuing this partnership and the ultimate goal of growing the number of skilled professionals on the Gulf Coast.”

The academy will offer adults 18 years of age or older who do not possess a high school diploma the opportunity to pursue a GED certificate and college coursework credit simultaneously. The programs will utilize an innovative approach for the students to learn their skills. Welding technology has been selected as one of the programs to be offered.

“We are extremely appreciative of the $53,640 donation from Ingalls Shipbuilding,” said Mary S. Graham, MGCCC president. “This donation will make a huge impact on Transitions Academy students working to advance their education and learn a high-paying, in-demand trade as well.”

Graham added, “Ingalls has been a strong industry partner with the college for more than 50 years. Together we have worked to implement innovative, successful programs to train and educate the workforce in South Mississippi.”

For more information about MGCCC’s Transitions Academy, call 228.563.2221 or email tacademy@mgccc.edu.

 

Kathy McAdams is an award-winning journalist who has worked at weekly newspapers in Mississippi and the Press-Register in Mobile, Ala. A native of Gulfport, McAdams attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, William Carey University, the University of South Alabama and The University of Southern Mississippi. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and journalism and a master's degree in education and English. She has worked at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College since 2005.

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