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ODU's Courses in Public Procurement and Contract Management

August 04, 2014

ODU will be offering classes in public procurement and contract management in the upcoming Fall 2014 semester. Four of the five classes will be taught online.

Please click here to view the ODU PPCM Fall 2014 Classes Flyer

Please click here to view the Directions for Registering for a PPCM Course

Here are the tuition rates:

Graduate Distance Learning Tuition Classification        Cost per credit hour

Virginia residents (with Virginia domicile)                                   $437

Students living outside of Virginia                                              $456

* In Virginia but without Virginia domicile                                  $1089

Please click here for a link to the website for the program.



VSRA Senior Tradesperson of the Year

July 23, 2014 VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., July 22, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that an employee at its AMSEC subsidiary was selected as the Senior Tradesperson of the Year by the Virginia Ship Repair Association (VSRA). Garrett Barber, a senior master tradesperson mechanic in AMSEC's elevator support unit division in Chesapeake, was recognized for his work aboard the aircraft carriers USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), USS Harry Truman (CVN 75) and USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77 CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE:

UHP and Tecnico in the News

July 08, 2014

Ship repairers are increasingly looking to balance the tables by diversifying their business lines and leveraging strong capabilities towards underserved markets. VSRA continues to advocate for increasing the industrial base through new technologies such as Off Shore Wind, but some members are finding other ways to remain a strong part of the Naval fleet over the long haul.

Read the Daily Press article Carrier Overhauls are Big for Small Business here

Read the article submitted by Ron Ritter on Offshore Wind by clicking Read More.

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Virginia Offshore Wind: Opportunity for Ship Repairers

July 03, 2014


Virginia Offshore Wind Development, by Ronald K. Ritter


Four years ago, when the Governor asked me to be a member of the newly created Virginia Offshore Wind Development Authority (VOWDA), I was highly skeptical. After all, I thought, who is going to agree to put hundreds of huge windmills off the coast of Virginia Beach?  But, as I became more aware of the maturity and viability of this technology, I realized that this development was not only possible but, perhaps, integral to the Hampton Roads’ economy.

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Minimum Wage Increased to $10.10 for Government Contractors

June 17, 2014

On Wednesday, February 12, 2014, President Obama signed an Executive Order that increases the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors from $7.25 to $10.10. The Executive Order goes into effect on January 1, 2015 and only applies to government contracts awarded after January 1, 2015.

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VETS Series: RADM Dixon Smith on Transitioning VETS

April 16, 2014

VSRA members are working on a series of articles and information on best practices, challenges and resources for hiring exiting military members. Read the latest article here.

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Virginia Benefits from the Strongest Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Industry in U.S.

April 15, 2014

The Virginia Ship Repair Association has grown significantly in the past two years as it expands the awareness of our industry and importance of the work our memebrs accomplish for national defense and commercial growth. Please read and share the impactful story run in the Daily Press on MArch 28, 2014, which demonstrates where Virginia fits in the US maritime industry. The second link is from a follow-on piece done on WVEC TV with Mike Gooding.

 "When it comes to shipyard jobs, Virginia is king." - Hugh Lessig, Daily Press Read the Daily Press story.,0,5917927.story

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2014 "The Yard" Event winners!!!

April 14, 2014

The 3rd Annual FM99 "The Yard" bragging rights competition was twice as big as the previous year and the location could not have been better! Scott's Creek MArina was a beautiful venue surrounded by the very industry this event celebrates!

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Preparing a Business for a Successful Sale

January 23, 2014

One of the most difficult decisions an owner of a business can make is when to sell that business.  Stephen W. Burke and Rajan Singh share their expertise on this issue since many of our smaller company owners are looking ahead to secure the operations of the companies they built long into the future. The reasons to sell may include the desire or need to retire, unexpected changes in personal circumstances, competitive pressures or an interest in pursuing other opportunities. Every business owner would benefit from preparing in advance for a change in the structure of their business. Read this article to learn more.

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Transitioning Vets Series: Interview with John Andrews

January 07, 2014

Marcus Boggs, of the VSRA Communications Committee, provides an insightful article on his interview with John Andrews, special assistant to the City Manager of Norfolk Marcus Jones.  The first in a  VSRA series on Veteran's Employment, Boggs asks tough questions about how well Hampton Roads is fulfilling the mission of getting Veterans into employment and how the Ship Repair industry can better position itself to be a conduit to increasing the employability and retention of former service members.

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