In 2006, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), through its Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program, awarded a $750,000 grant to the Alabama Technology Network (ATN) to assist shipbuilders affected by Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf Coast.
While the overall purpose of the grant was to address the critical shortage of technically skilled workers available to Gulf Coast shipbuilders and other industry issues, one of the four major goals was to establish a membership-based, regional cooperative group of shipbuilding and ship repair companies, suppliers, educational institutions, and economic developers as a non-profit Gulf Coast Shipbuilders Consortium.
Members of the Gulf States Shipbuilders Consortium (GSSC) celebrated the official formation of the association at GSSC's charter member meeting December 14, 2006, at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Gautier, MS.
GSSC'S Board of Directors is made of industry leaders from Gulf Coast shipyards, education, and others who support the industry and are passionate about workforce development for craft professionals working in the shipbuilding and repair industry.
CEO and Founder
Georgia Trade School
Director of Human Resources
Manager of Diversity, Inclusion, & Affirmative Action
HKA Staffing Solutions
Director of HSE