MIBE mobilizes regional partnerships needed to help Hampton Roads expand its maritime sustainment and modernization capabilities. We apply innovative solutions to performance gaps through an agile team of 21st-century maritime stakeholders across a 2,800-square-mile Atlantic industrial ecosystem.
MIBE is committed to helping ensure a ready, relevant Navy, branding Hampton Roads as a national center of digitally-enabled naval/commercial maritime skills and aligning with coastal commercial port and offshore wind leadership. If it touches the water, it’s maritime.
Maritime Talent Pipeline
GO TEC pilot program in select Newport News and Hampton middle schools providing early exposure to target skills in coding, robotics, computer-assisted machining, and welding.
Maritime Entry-to-Employment Training (MEET)
High school-level online training in pipefitting, welding, and fiber optic installing, integrating hand-on training in partnership with six regional schools and QED Systems, Inc.
Interactive tool allowing K-12 students to explore careers in skilled trades, including required education and training, potential salaries, and pathways for advancement.
Maritime Talent Pipeline
GO TEC pilot program in select Newport News and Hampton middle schools providing early exposure to target skills in coding, robotics, computer-assisted machining and welding.
Maritime Trades Magnet
Innovative curriculum for Grades 10-11 plus community outreach aimed at youth attraction in underserved populations, providing hands-on practice with robotics and additive and subtractive manufacturing.
Cybersecurity Barriers to Technology Adoption (CB2TAP)
Research project in partnership with Coastal Virginia Cybersecurity Center for Innovation identifying specific barriers to the adoption of technologies such as AI, 5G, and Cloud Computing across maritime industries.
MIBE’s strategy is to mitigate maritime workforce and supply base gaps that stand between Hampton Roads’ old industrial base and its potential to become America’s preferred digital maritime hub.
MIBE promotes giving young talent incentives to acquire new, digitally-driven maritime skills by reaching out beyond Hampton Roads to recruit new talent for maritime opportunities on the horizon and promoting the great quality of life that Hampton Roads-by-the-sea offers.
MIBE supports growing and sharpening our regional supply base for naval/commercial maritime opportunities, growing a formidable advanced manufacturing ecosystem serving 21st-century industries clustered around the maritime pillar.
MIBE believes that digitally-powered “Industry 4.0” technologies are performance multipliers that will transform the region’s workforce and supply base into models that other regions will want to replicate.
PARTNERSHIPS & RESOURCES
The Port of Virginia
Newport News Public Schools
Tidewater Community College
Newport News Shipbuilding
Virginia Maritime Association
HR Chamber of Commerce
The City of Norfolk
Norfolk State University
Virginia’s Community Colleges
City of Virginia Beach
Christopher Newport University
Virginia Beach Economic Development
Peninsula Council for Workforce Development
Innovation Collaborative HR
CAMP Community College