On Friday, May 8, Rappahannock Community College will hold its 43rd annual Commencement ceremony. College officials have invited Everett Jordan, the director of education for The Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding (a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries) to address the Class of 2015 as keynote speaker.
Jordan began his career at Newport News Shipbuilding in 1973 as an apprentice ship fitter. Since then he has held increasingly responsible positions, including those of supervisor; general foreman; superintendent; department head of dimensional control, ship fitters, and welders; and trade director for ship fitting and dimensional control.
In his present position, which he has held since 2010, Jordan manages craft training, academic delivery, student services, recruitment, and athletics for a student body amounting to some 800 individuals. Himself a graduate of The Apprentice School, Jordan is its eighth director, and the second apprentice graduate to serve in that capacity since its 1919 founding. Among a number of recognitions he has received is the Newport News Shipbuilding President’s Model of Excellence award for leadership.
Jordan holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. Leo University, and a master’s degree in education and human development from George Washington University. In addition, he is a graduate of the Leadership Institute of the Virginia Peninsula and the architect of Newport News Shipbuilding’s Hourly Leadership Development Program.
He also serves as liaison to the Virginia Community College System and executive lead to Habitat for Humanity, and is a member of the board of directors of Thomas Nelson Community College, and of the Greater Peninsula Workforce Investment Board.