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GSSC hosts two meetings each year--one if the fall and the annual conference in the Spring.  The meetings offer networking opportunities, provide insights from workforce development experts, and showcase best practices and innovative strategies for developing the next generation of  craft professionals.


Details coming soon!




Mobile, AL

October 23-24, 2019 

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Employee Engagement and the Future of Work

April 9-10, 2019

Pensacola, FL

GSSC's 2019 Annual Conference featured high profile keynotes and powerful sessions related to employee engagement and the employee experience.  From building a winning engagement strategy, to onboarding, to managing multiple generations in the workplace, attendees left with actionable strategies and tools to drive employee engagement and improve the employee experience.     Conference highlights ...

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The 21st Century Workforce:  Recruiting and Retaining Talent

November 1-2, 2018

New Orleans, LA

GSSC's 2018 Fall Meeting focused on strategies and best practice models for attracting the 21st Century workforce. A keynote focusing calling for an overhaul of the nation's workforce system and sessions centered around attracting and retaining talent, particularly from underrepresented groups,  were featured.   Meeting highlights ...

Cross the Line:  Choose to Commit

Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel

April 24-25, 2018

Mobile, AL

GSSC's 11th Annual Conference focused on commitment--commitment to developing and growing the talent pipeline, commitment to the future of the shipbuilding and repair industry, and commitment to the advancement of GSSC. A tour of the AIDT Maritime Center and Austal's training facility and the Exhibitor Expo provided plenty of networking opportunities.   Meeting highlights ...

Fall Meeting 2017

Gulf Hills Conference Center

October 24-25, 2017

Gulf Hills, MS

In keeping with GSSC’s mission, GSSC's 2017 Fall Meeting featured a broad lineup of keynotes and speakers focused on workforce trends, best practice models, and the state of the industry from local and national leaders. A tour of the GSSC Shipbuilder Academy pilot training site at Ingalls Shipbuilding and a panel discussion with education leaders regarding expanding the pilot program across the gulf coast rounded out the two-day event.   Meeting highlights ...

Industry and Education: Building Bridges to the Future

April 11-12, 2017

New Orleans, LA

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, GSSC's 2017 Annual Conference focused on workforce trends and highlighted best practice workforce models from the region and othe rparts of the country while reinforcing the importance of collaboration and partnerships between industry and education.  Meeting highlights ...

Workforce Development: It's On the Coast!

April 13-14, 2016

Ocean Springs, MS

GSSC's 2016 Annual Meeting provided insights related to the talent pipeline from Ingalls Shipbuilding's vice president for Human Resources, Edmond Hughes, a keynote focusing on personal and organizational development, and sessions on formalizing a workforce development strategy, rapid marketing evolution, and the 1:2:7 Imperative, the Alabama Community College System's plan for the Gulf Coast and the future makeup of the workforce.  

Workforce Development:  Navigating the Future

March 31-April 2, 2015

Lake Charles, LA

Held in Lake Charles, Louisiana, GSSC's 2015 conference focused on the considerations, challenges, and opportunities facing the shipbuilding and repair sector today and in the future. Keynotes included Gardner Carrick, vice president of The Manufacturing Institute, who presented the results of a national manufacturing survey related to the public's perception of manufacturing, in this country and Travis Short, founder, owner, and president of Horizon Shipbuilding. 

Workforce Development: A Time for Change

April 2-3, 2014

Biloxi, MS

Attendees were treated to informative keynote addresses by Joseph Keefe, editor of the Maritime Professional and Maritime News; Mike Barkett, President of Mississippi Construction Education Foundation (MCEF); Cam Marston, Owner of Generational Insights; and other informative sessions related to workforce development. 

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