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RCC-Workforce welding class achieves 100 percent pass rate

A class in maritime welding, sponsored by Rappahannock Community College’s Workforce Development Office in partnership with Huntington Ingalls Inc.-Newport News Shipbuilding, resulted in graduation—and employment with HII-NNS—for every student. Participating in the class, which took place on RCC’s Glenns Campus, February 3-25, were Darren Fulton, Gloucester County; Chance Petrie, Hampton; Dajuan Combs, Middlesex County; Gregory Himes, Jr., Brandon Sandley, and Michael Williams, Jr., all of Newport News; and Taylor Rencsok and Robert Webster, both of Williamsburg.


“Those of us in Workforce Development at RCC are very pleased to be partnering with NNS in providing a pipeline to employment,” says Jason Perry, RCC’s vice president of workforce development. “These potential workers have received the best training possible from our marine electrician, outside machinist, and welding instructors. The impact of the program on economic development for the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck regions is huge.”

The current class is the most recent of several co-sponsored by RCC-Workforce and HII-NNS in the specialties of marine electrician, outside machinist, or maritime welder. In each of these classes, all the students have qualified for their certificates, and all of them have taken jobs with HII-NNS.

The curriculum requested by the shipyard, however, could not have been carried out without RCC’s knowledgeable instructors, and the appropriate spaces and equipment that the college supplied to support the training. The college takes great satisfaction in the Workforce Development Office’s ability to provide specialized training to meet the individualized needs of local employers.


Photo: These RCC students have recently graduated from a course in maritime welding, and will go on to jobs at Newport News Shipbuilding. Left to right: RCC welding instructor Tracy Porter, Sr.; students Chance Petrie, Dajuan Combs, Gregory Himes, Jr., Taylor Rencsok, Michael Williams, Jr., Darren Fulton, Brandon Sandley, and Robert Webster; and Brian Burroughs, manager of product training for Newport News Shipbuilding.

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