On Thursday, May 3, 2012, Newport News Shipbuilding hosted a ceremony to break ground for The Apprentice School's new campus. Newport News Shipbuilding, the City of Newport News, the Commonwealth of Virginia and Armada Hoffler are partnering together on the new complex, which is seen as an investment in vocational education and the revitalization of downtown Newport News. The new complex will include an 80,000-square-foot school, workforce housing, retail space and a parking garage.
About the Apprentice School
The Apprentice School, founded in 1919 at Newport News Shipbuilding, is the preeminent apprenticeship program in the nation and offers four and five year apprenticeships in 20 shipbuilding disciplines and six advanced programs of study. Accredited through the Council on Occupational Education and registered with the Virginia Apprenticeship Council, the school offers apprentices the opportunity to earn college credit, receive competitive pay and benefits and learn a trade. The school holds a commitment to fostering apprentices' development of craftsmanship, scholarship and leadership.
The mission of the Apprentice School is to contribute to
profitability and growth of Newport News Shipbuilding by
recruiting, training and developing men and women for
leadership careers in shipbuilding. The school seeks to provide
the company with a continuous supply of journeypersons who
possess the skills, knowledge and pride of workmanship which
have traditionally distinguished shipbuilding craftsmen. The
school is determined to develop core leadership principles in
all students along with the character and technical competence
required to fully the meet the challenges of a shipbuilding career.