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October 18, 2016

Mobile, AL – Bishop State's technical programs are first rate offering students new opportunities to excel and succeed. The student's success comes from external partnerships with industries and internal programs to teach the skills needed at Bishop. Now is the time for the community to take advantage of the alliances formed to create a skilled workforce ready to "Go To Work."

One of the upcoming December graduates from Bishop's welding program seeks to do just that. While still a student at Vigor High School, Napoleon Bracy from Austal USA visited the high school and encouraged her to consider a career in welding. Bracy was the Workforce Coordinator for the company at that time and is now the Manager of Diversity Inclusion and Affirmative Action at Austal USA. The student graduated on May 17, 2016 from Vigor and started Bishop's welding program the very next day.

She recently attended a maritime job fair held at Bishop State where Dr. Reginald Sykes, acting president of Bishop, introduced her to Fitzgerald Washington, Alabama's Secretary of Labor. The student also met Sandra Koblas, Human Resources for Austal USA. The upcoming graduate plans to apply for a job with Austal after graduating from Bishop. Austal USA encourages females to pursue careers in the welding field due to a shortage of women working in that area.

Bishop offers students the foundation needed to pursue a high demand career in a growing industry. Partnerships formed with industries like Austal USA can provide that foundation.

Dr. Reginald Sykes addressed students at Bishop's recent Convocation Ceremony. He told them that the number 1 secret to achieve success is to "Go to Class, Ask for Help, and Stay Involved." That also holds true for those entering the workplace. They must go to work, ask for help, and stay involved at their jobs . It is never too late to learn at Bishop State. Let's Get to Work Mobile.

Photos below show: Fitzgerald Washington, Alabama's Secretary of Labor and Dr. Sykes, Bishop State Community College, Acting President (left to right), and Napoleon Bracey seen working the Austal Job Fair table

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Harrietta Eaton, MPA

Director of Public Relations and Marketing

Bishop State Community College

351 North Broad Street

Mobile, AL 36603

Ph. 251-405-7135

Email: heaton@bishop.edu

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