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ODU to Host Shipbuilding, Repair and Maritime Career Day on March 30

Old Dominion University's Lean Institute will host a Shipbuilding, Repair and Maritime Career Day Tuesday, March 30, at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

More than 500 middle school and high school students are expected to attend the 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. event, which features many examples of careers in the field of shipbuilding. Students will also be able to participate in hands-on activities relating to shipbuilding and repair, interact with industry professionals, receive information on educational programs tailored to the industry, and tour local shipyards.

With an aging workforce, and annual salaries ranging from $35,000 to $95,000, the shipbuilding industry is an attractive option for students, particularly those with interest in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

The industry itself will desperately need this expertise in the years ahead, said Alok Verma, Ray Ferrari Professor of Engineering and director of the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology's Lean Institute at ODU.

"The Shipbuilding, Repair and Maritime Career Day event addresses the long-term workforce needs of the shipbuilding, repair and maritime industry. Given the workforce demographics, this event is critical in maintaining future competitiveness of the U.S. shipbuilding and maritime industry," Verma said.

A maritime component has been added to this year's career day event, to cater to a broader range of salt-water interests among the students.

"Attracting students toward science, technology, engineering and math is another purpose for this event, which will not only benefit the industry in this region, but also support the future workforce for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard," Verma added.

For more information about Shipbuilding, Repair and Maritime Career Day, visit the event Web site at www.sbrcd.org or call Verma at 757-683-3766.

This article was posted on: March 26, 2010

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