submarine being constructed at NNS

As if working at the world’s leading designer and builder of state-of-the-art ships, aircraft carriers, and fast-attack submarines wasn’t awesome enough, Newport News Shipbuilding: Huntington Ingalls Industries ~ the largest industrial employer in Virginia and the largest shipbuilding company in all of America ~ is now offering yearly college tuition assistance to all of their employees. While Newport News Shipbuilding once offered its employees assistance with college expenses years ago, it wasn’t until this spring when Jennifer R. Boykin was elected as the new president of the corporation that the college tuition assistance program was reinstated. As of July 1, 2017, the company is providing $5,250 per year, per employee, towards college coursework.

Since many Newport News Shipbuilding employees were already enrolled in college programs both at Averett’s Chesapeake campus and via Averett’s online program prior to Newport News Shipbuilding reinstating their tuition assistance program this summer, this new added employee benefit makes pursuing that formal degree even easier and more viable than ever. As evidenced

  • in the diversity of programs offered,
  • in how the courses can be accessed, and
  • in the ongoing support and user-friendly resources provided to all students.

For more than 15 years, Averett University has provided education programs to help Newport News Shipbuilding employees grow, advance their careers and improve life for themselves and their families. Averett knows the challenges of working and attending school at the same time – and has specifically designed their programs to meet your needs, including:

  • Meaningful interactions between classmates and instructors
  • Practical, up-to-date curriculum tailored to adults in the workforce
  • One course at a time format for focused learning
  • Highly-credentialed instructors
  • Accelerated completion (typically 24 months)
  • Affordability
  • Access to a dedicated Student Success team

Whether you’re a current employee at NNS or you’re in the process of applying there, knowing that your employer cares enough about you to invest in your academic goals speaks volumes about the company. With the option to attend a traditional brick-and-mortar classroom one evening a week for five to seven weeks in Chesapeake, or enroll in Averett’s online program where you can complete the weekly assignments any time of the day or night from the comfort of your home, combined with the fact that your employer will pay for it — there is now absolutely no reason whatsoever not to pursue your undergrad degree or your Master’s.

Visit us during office hours at The Apprentice School from 2 – 4pm on Tuesdays to learn more – or learn how to get started by filling out the Request Info form today!




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