MGCCC’s Kelley-Winders receives Education Leadership AwardAnna Faye Kelley-Winders, vice president of Community Campus at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, was given the Ingalls Shipbuilding Education Leadership Award.
Irwin F. Edenzon, president of Ingalls Shipbuilding, presented the award to Kelley-Winders during the Apprentice Commencement Exercises on Aug. 11 in Biloxi. The award is given annually to Ingalls employees and community leaders who have made significant educational contributions to the company’s employees.
The commencement program, honoring almost 300 graduates, included remarks by Dr. Mary S. Graham, Gulf Coast president, and a keynote address by Gov. Phil Bryant. Nearly 1,000 graduates, family and friends attended the event held at the Biloxi Civic Center.
Kelley-Winders was selected for the award because of her leadership in workforce education, including the establishment of educational partnerships with Ingalls Shipbuilding for workforce and continuing education training like the apprenticeship programs. She has 43 years of educational service as a college classroom instructor, self-study director, and administrative center dean and vice president. She currently supervises workforce development, continuing education, adult basic education, grant writing and administration, and youth leadership and travel programs at Gulf Coast. She serves as the MGCCC Centennial Committee chair and has provided leadership for college-wide events, activities and publications.
Workforce training is essential to the future of Ingalls. The Pascagoula shipyard needs up to 2,000 new workers for the shipyard in the next 12 months. Gulf Coast plays a vital role in the industry’s future by providing training for current and future employees.