Apprenticeship Opens Door to Nontraditional Career



Regina McClean instructs Newport News Shipbuilding apprentices
Regina McClean instructs apprentices at Newport News Shipbuilding

Regina McLean of Hampton, Virginia, has never been one to stand down from a challenge, including a bold move into a nontraditional career opportunity. 

At 32, Regina had been working at a child care center in Newport News. While out shopping one afternoon, she came across Newport News Shipbuilding. Curious to learn more about the company, Regina stopped in.

She learned that the company was seeking job candidates for work building aircraft carriers and submarines. Although she had no prior experience in manufacturing, she was intrigued by the opportunity and filled out an application.

Regina was hired as a machinist two weeks later, and received training on how to weld and run blades and saws. Her supervisors saw her potential and encouraged her to pursue the company’s machinist apprenticeship program after a few months on the job.

Regina McClean in her office at Newport News Shipbuilding

Eager to learn more, she took their advice and was accepted into the four-year program in 2002. She spent two days in the classroom and three days in the field per week, and was paid for all of her time.

Her skills and motivation stood out: Regina was selected to work with an experienced foreman at a company outside of the shipbuilding school, while most other apprentices worked directly under the supervision of a school craft instructor.

“I worked for supervisors with a lot of experience who made sure I learned everything about the job and fully understood what I was doing,” Regina said, “They allowed me to gain supervisory experience, and learn about relevant regulations and processes.”

When Regina graduated in 2006, she received the Niels Christiansen Award for her excellent work and having the highest grade in her trade.

Regina later became a craft instructor at Newport News Shipbuilding’s apprenticeship school, teaching students about leadership, machinist theory, and onboard machine shop installation and testing. Since finishing the apprenticeship, she has earned a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees, and is currently employed in a management position with the company.

“Pursuing an apprenticeship was the best decision I have ever made,” she said. “It afforded me a lot of opportunities and built confidence in me I would not have had otherwise.”        

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Editor’s note: Regina’s story is one example of an effective workforce program in action. View more success stories here.

Briar Gibbons is an intern with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Public Affairs in Philadelphia.


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Autonomous Flight Technology to Provide Rapid Resupply for Marines



Autonomous Flight Technology to Provide Rapid Resupply for Marines

By Warren Duffie Jr.
Office of Naval Research
MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va., Dec. 14, 2017 — Cutting edge technology sponsored by the Office of Naval Research may one day enable the Marine Corps to resupply combat-deployed troops via unmanned aerial vehicles, officials announced.
A successful final helicopter flight demonstration was achieved here Dec. 12 with autonomous capability as part of the Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System program. AACUS is a partnership between ONR and technology company Aurora Flight Sciences.
Sensor, Software Package
The system consists of a sensor and software package that can be integrated into any manned or unmanned rotary-wing aircraft to detect and avoid obstacles — like telephone wires, other vehicles or large ground objects — in unfavorable weather conditions or to facilitate autonomous, unmanned flight. This capability will be a welcome alternative to dangerous convoys or manned aircraft missions in all types of weather.
“This is more than just an unmanned helicopter,” said Walter Jones, ONR executive director. “AACUS is an autonomy kit that can be placed on any rotary-wing platform and provide it with an autonomous capability. Imagine a Marine Corps unit deployed in a remote location, in rough terrain, needing ammunition, water, batteries or even blood.”
Jones added, “With AACUS, an unmanned helicopter takes the supplies from the base, picks out the optimal route and best landing site closest to the warfighters, lands, and returns to base once the resupply is complete — all with the single touch of a hand-held tablet.”
The need for this capability surfaced during Marine Corps operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, officials said. Cargo helicopters and resupply convoys of trucks bringing fuel, food, water, ammunition and medical supplies to the front lines frequently found themselves under enemy fire  — or the target of roadside bombs and other improvised explosive devices.
Easy to Use
AACUS is designed for simple use. An operator with minimal training can call up the supplies needed and order the flights using only an intuitive handheld tablet. During the Dec. 12 demonstration tests at Quantico, a Marine with no prior experience with the technology was given a handheld device and 15 minutes of training.
The Marine was able to quickly and easily program in the supplies needed and the destination, and the helicopters arrived quickly — even autonomously selecting an alternative landing site based on last-second no-fly-zone information added in from the Marine. The demonstration featured a UH-1 Huey helicopter flying autonomously on multiple missions.
“We’ve developed this great capability ahead of requirements and it’s up to us to determine how to use it,” said Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh, commanding general, Marine Corps Combat Development Command. “The young Marines today have grown up in a tech-savvy society, which is an advantage. We’ve got to keep pushing and moving this technology forward.”
Officials say AACUS represents a leap-ahead technology for the Marine Corps and Navy, moving unmanned flights far beyond the current standard, which requires a specialized operator to select a landing site and manually control an unmanned aircraft via remote.

“AACUS gives revolutionary capability to our fleet and force,” said Dennis Baker, AACUS program manager. “It can be used as a pilot aid to operate in GPS- and communications-denied arenas, or allow fully autonomous flights in contested environments — keeping our pilots and crews out of harm’s way.”
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What Will Work Look Like in 2030?



Megatrends such as evolving technology, the rise of automation, and shifting demographics are disrupting the way we work, and the way that companies relate to workers. The dizzying pace of change makes it difficult to plan for — or even think about — the long-term. That’s why we spent some time envisioning four alternative future worlds of work. For 2030. The scenarios, which speak to the level of collectivism and individualism, on one hand, and integration and fragmentation on the other, present insights as to how companies will manage their people and how workers will navigate their careers and workplaces.
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Seeking IT Professionals in the NJ NY Area



Seeking IT Professionals NJ NY Area

Sollers, a leading educational institution located in New Jersey, has partnered with one of the top IT companies in the country to help fill its need for trained Big Data specialists and developers.
Located in central New Jersey but within easy reach of New York City, Sollers offers its students excellent externship and networking opportunities with some of the most accomplished and experienced industry experts.

Your Role:
 JAVA developers who are looking to enter the Big Data industry. Please note these openings are currently only for those who are either US citizens or GC holders only.
Candidates will need to commit to 8-weeks of training after which they will go on client projects onsite with our industry partner, one of the largest IT companies and will be paid $ 12-$ 15/hour during this paid, on-the-job training (OJT) which will last for three months. Upon successful completion of OJT, full time employment will be offered at $ 60,000 to $ 70,000 p.a.

Minimum Requirements:•Required: Associate/Bachelor’s/Master’s Graduates in STEM with Basic JAVA background.
•Required: Green Card Holder or US Citizen.
•Preferred: Some HADOOP/Hive/HBase background.
Please send your resumes to if you fit all the requirements necessary for this position and we will get back to you shortly. 

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