Hampton Inn, Mobile | October 23-24 


Dr. Josh Duplantis

Executive Director, SAWDC

Jeff Lynn

Vice Chancellor Workforce & Economic Development, Alabama Community College System

Joe McEnerney

Vice President, ThreatAdvice

Christopher Williams

Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC

David Sullivan

CEO, The PEER Group


As the workforce continues to change ages and competition among similar industry sectors for technically skilled workers stiffens, employers' approach to workforce development must include new and innovative ways to attract new talent, to retain and engage with their existing workforce, and to manage collaboration and productivity in a technology-driven workplace while maintaining cyber security.  

GSSC's Fall Meeting centers around new and innovative trends in workforce development, how state and local models are transforming their workforce initiatives to meet the needs of employers, and reducing the risk of cybersecurity threats.  Featured topics include


  • Text-Based Interviewing:  How to Reach More Candidates and Save Time Hiring

  • Recruiting, Retaining, and Leading Gen Z

  • The Role of HR in Cybersecurity

  • Augmented Reality for Improved Performance

  • Talent Pipeline Management

  • OSHA's Safe + Sound Initiative

  • CTE Signing Days

Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are available!

As always, there will be plenty of networking opportunities and an Exhibitor Expo to round out the two-day event.




Thursday, Nov 1, 9 a.m.-

Friday, Nov 2, 2 p.m. (CST)


Hyatt Centric New Orleans

800 Iberville Street

New Orleans, LA 70112

Meeting Summary

Join us for GSSC's 2018 Fall Meeting, November 1-2, 2018, at the Hyatt French Quarter Centric in the heart of the Big Easy!

The workplace is changing, and competition for technically skilled craft professionals continues to stiffen as similar industry sectors compete for the same skilled workers and the current workforce ages. 

GSSC's Fall Meeting focuses on strategies and best practices models for the recruitment and retention of talent for the 21st Century workplace. Meeting topics will focus on the value of career pathways, career academies, pre-hire training, and apprenticeship as recruiting tools as well as sessions that address the recruitment and retention of underrepresented groups, including women, returning military, and underemployed. The impact of social media on the recruitment process will also be featured.

Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are available!

As always, there will be plenty of networking opportunities and an Exhibitor Expo to round out the two-day event.

Who Should Attend?

The meeting is open to those working in or supporting the shipbuilding and ship repair industry, including:

  • Shipbuilding and repair executives

  • Supply chain executives

  • Vendors

  • Secondary and Postsecondary representatives

  • Economic development personnel 

Guests are welcome to accompany attendees during meals for a fee.  Guests are not permitted to attend sessions or visit the Exhibitor Expo. Guests who would like to attend conference sessions or visit the Exhibitor Expo, should register as regular attendees.

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Woodstock, AL 35188-0096  |  205.215.0207

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