Plans nearly complete for maritime academy

By The Associated Press

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — Backers of a multimillion dollar school aimed at educating shipbuilders in South Mississippi say the project should go out for bid sometime in the next four months.

The federally funded Jackson County Maritime Trades Academy is meant to provide a skilled work force and help Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding expand its two- to four-year apprentice program from 610 to 1,000 students.

The Mississippi Press reports that Jackson County officials say The LPA Group in Ocean Springs, the firm designing the academy, is almost finished with cost estimates. Once the cost estimate is approved, bids can go out.

The academy is to be built on 9 acres north of Northrop’s employee center. Its first class of students is expected to begin studying in fall 2012.

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Information from: The Mississippi Press, http://www.gulflive.com