PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) – Mississippi's largest private employer wants students to know they can find their dream job in Jackson County. So on Friday, Northrop Grumman hosted a Career Day, hoping to impress hundreds of high school juniors.
The Pascagoula shipyard showed off all the careers it has to offer. Shipyard executives and younger employees also told the teens what it's like to work for the company.
"It is a race for the best talent and we believe we are getting the best talent. This is our approach to introducing ourselves to them and showing them the great opportunities we have here at the Gulf Coast ship yard," said Sam Alsgood, Northrop Grumman's Vice President of Financial Strategy.
The jobs range from shipbuilding crafts like welding and pipe fitting, to professional fields, such as engineering, human resources, and accounting.
"I was very surprised. There's a ton of different opportunities," said Gautier High School Junior Nina Cumbest.
"I thought it was like building ships and stuff, but I see it's more than that," said Pascagoula High School Junior Cornelius Virgil.
"They have a hospital out here. So anybody who wants to be a nurse can come out here. That's what most women want to do. And they have the engineering for women. I think it's a really good experience," said Gautier High School Junior Charleena Rogers.
The students learned how they can move from high school to an apprentice program. Plus, they found out what kind of education and qualifications they'll need to pursue their dreams.
"Engineering, I like to make stuff, make shapes," said Pascagoula High School Junior Alonzo Peavy.
By sparking their interest now, Northrop Grumman hopes to see some of the faces working at the shipyard one day.
After the career fair, the students also took a quick tour of the shipyard. The high schools that participated included those in Jackson, Hancock, and George Counties, as well as Baldwin County, Alabama.