High School Career Coaches Explore Industry at Port Bienville Industrial Park with HCPHC

January 26, 2024

BAY ST LOUIS, MISS: On January 18, 2024, the Hancock County Port & Harbor Commission welcomed high school career coaches from Hancock, Pearl River, and Harrison Counties to tour Port Bienville Industrial Park. Throughout their visit, the career coaches toured Point 8 Power, Alpek Polyester, and SABIC, gaining valuable insights into each industry and respective workforce. 

Port Bienville Industrial Park marks the first stop on a three-part series of industry tours that career coaches will participate in to gain connections between career coaches and the manufacturing sectors located in Hancock County.  

During their Port Bienville visit, career coaches connected with industries to find resources and future career opportunities for their students. Suzy Gilmore, a career coach from Pass Christian High School commented, "We are truly astounded by the hidden gem of opportunities that are available to not only future industrial partners, but also to our students and the communities we serve. Career coaches from 16 high schools are planning to take this information and share it with students who are the next generation of employees and industrial leaders, and we will work in partnership with business and industry in Hancock County to engage students who are graduating and going straight into the workforce after high school while sharing the opportunities that await them as they navigate and explore their future careers. We believe that Hancock County, MS is the industrial destination for future growth offering great opportunities in both career and economic expansion.” 

Along with the high school career coaches Mellissa Saucier, Hancock High School Career Technical Center Director, joined the group to further gain insight on industries at Port Bienville. Saucier stated, "We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to tour the diverse industries at Port Bienville. At the Hancock County Career Technical Center, we are dedicated to forging strong partnerships with businesses to provide our students with valuable opportunities right here in Hancock County. By building these connections, we aim to raise awareness and create more pathways for our students to thrive and contribute to the local economy, fostering a vibrant and prosperous community for years to come.”  

High school career coaches continue to play a crucial role in the enhancement of workforce development in Hancock County. HCPHC is eager to further nurture the bonds between our community and the industrial sector. 




Point Eight Power offers generator controls, switchgear, and power control building packages known for their high quality and reliability. For more information visit www.pointeightpower.com 

Alpek Polyester is North America’s Largest Producer of PET Resin. For more information visit www.alpekpolyester.com 

SABIC is among the world’s top composite companies, producing material used in automotive applications. For more information visit www.sabic.com   

The Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission was established in 1963 to lead the county’s economic development activities. Stennis International Airport and Port Bienville Industrial Park are home to 30 companies with more than 1,000 employees. For more information visit www.portairspace.com