Welding Instructor Tim DeVargas from TL Faulkner CTC was present at Austal as they christened the future USS Jackson (LCS 6) Saturday morning at its state-of-the-art shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. Jackson is the first of ten Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) that the U.S. Navy has awarded to Austal as Prime Contractor.
The 127-meter aluminum trimaran is capable of being outfitted with reconfigurable payloads (mission packages) which can be changed quickly to support mine countermeasure, anti-submarine and surface warfare missions. The vessel has a maximum speed of more than 40 knots. Jackson was launched in December and is making preparations for trials and delivery by the end of the year.
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus officially named the ship “Jackson” at a ceremony at Austal USA on March 24, 2011. According to Secretary Mabus, “The selection of Jackson honors the great state capitol Jackson, Mississippi.” This is the first ship to bear the city’s name.
Many of Mr. DeVargas and Glen Lowery of Bryant CTC former students currently work for Austal. Mr. DeVargas is pictured with Prospective Commanding Officer, Commander Mike Davis.
We are proud to announce that Blount DECA will be participating in the International DECA Conference in Atlanta this spring. March 5th and 6th, five Blount DECA students attended the Alabama DECA Career and Development Conference in Birmingham, AL. These five students (Latrice Campbell, Carltoria Wallace, Alexis Law, Alyssa Law and Kedric Allen) were the only students from Mobile and Baldwin Counties that qualified to compete at the state level conference. DECA as an organization prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. The competition component of DECA starts with Regional Competition (Alabama has 4 regions) and the top 14 in each category continue to the state level of competition. The top 3 in each category from state qualify to compete at the international level with over 14,000 high school students from 11 different countries that will be attending. The competitions consist of knowledge based testing and role plays in the different content areas.
Blount DECA’s Latrice Campbell placed 2rd at state in the Hotel and Lodging Management and Carltoria Wallace placed 2nd at state in the Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling Event category to send them to Atlanta. These students have spent many hours of their own time preparing for these competitions with the assistance of their chapter advisor, Allen Merryman. These students have also participated and organized many community projects. It takes the “extra” to be extraordinary and the Blount DECA chapter is proving that it can be done.
Congratulations are in order again for Murphy HS JROTC Program….
Murphy’s JROTC competed against 12 other schools in the Greenville, Alabama Drill Meet October 16th. Male and Female drill teams led by Starann Foster, Aaron Woodard, and Josh Sneed won 4 1st to 4th place trophies in inspection, armed, unarmed and armed exhibition drills. Color guards led by Tarial Malone and Josh Sneed won 1st and 2nd place respectively. Tarial Malone won 4th place in individual drill.
Health Science students from Bryant Career Technical Center participated in the Dodge Elementary Career Carnival on Wednesday, October 2, 2013. The career fair was a great opportunity for the pre-medical students to present knowledge and demonstrate hands-on skills learned as part of the program. The elementary students listened attentively and asked questions as the high school students shared their learning experiences and their future post-secondary goals. This was the second year that the Health Science students were invited to participate in the event. Mrs. Courtney Taylor R.N., is the teacher.
Teachers from the Business, Management, and Administration program attended training to begin teaching the Microsoft IT Academy program in their schools. The new course is to start in January. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to take Microsoft Office Specialist certification exams and will be ready to enter the job market with highly sought after skills.