Pearl Harbor shipyard apprentices graduate

Capt. Gregory Burton (center), the commanding officer of Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility speaks at the 2018 PHNSY & IMF Apprentice Program graduation Friday, Aug. 17, alongside keynote speaker, Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa (left). Photo by Dave Amodo, PHNSY & IMF Public Affairs

Amanda Urena

PHNSY & IMF Public Affairs

A formal ceremony was held Friday, Aug. 17, at the Historic Hickam Officers’ Club to graduate 142 Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNSY & IMF) journey workers who completed the shipyard’s four-year Apprentice Program.

Keynote speaker, Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa, conveyed the relevancy of what is being done in Congress and how that affects federal workers in the Indo-Pacific Region.

Many take for granted the work that is being done in Washington D.C., even though it directly impacts those who work in the shipyard. Congresswoman Hanabusa encouraged the journey workers to “keep looking forward and work together.”

“The innovation that you share will always go down in history,” she said.

She continued saying that the graduates are “a part of one of the most elite working forces that the state of Hawaii has ever seen.”

PHNSY & IMF Commanding Officer, Capt. Gregory Burton, highlighted the importance of gained knowledge and experience the graduates successfully achieved in order to continue keeping the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard “No Ka Oi.”

“Today, you have joined a long list of heroes that have breathed life into ‘No Ka Oi,’ and put new meaning to the shipyard’s motto, ‘We Keep Them Fit To Fight,'” he said.

“Each one of you formally takes the place in the legacy, steep in the Shipyard’s core values of honor, courage, commitment, and aloha. And the Navy attributes of integrity, accountability, initiative, and toughness.”

Burton concluded his speech to the graduates by stating, “you are ready to enter the workforce as a fully qualified and capable employee.”

The shipyard’s Apprentice Program is a successful partnership between the PHNSY & IMF, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and Honolulu Community College (HCC). The program includes full-time employment, hands-on training, a tuition-free Associate’s Degree in Applied Trades from HCC, and a certificate from the DOL.

This year’s graduating class includes journey workers from 15 of the shipyard’s 27 trades.

The shipyard’s first apprentice class graduated in 1924. More than 8,000 journey workers and future leaders have graduated from the program since its 1920 initiation.

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