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Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Pre-Engineering

Lockheed Martin

We benefit because we help train a future workforce that understands how to think critically, collaborate and is proactive in learning.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 115,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. Lockheed Martin is the leading global security and aerospace company, solving our customers’ most difficult problems through our employees’ innovation, performance and unmatched integrity. Our Values: Do What's Right, Respect Others, Perform With Excellence

Please describe the opportunities provided to students by your company as part of the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Engineering program at Charles Herbert Flowers High School.
Lockheed Martin works with all of the students in the PTLW Pre-Engineering program enrolled at Charles Herbert Flowers High School. Throughout the school year, students participate in a number of activities that help them build both personal and professional skills. On average, Lockheed Martin volunteers are in the school eight times during the school year. We also collaborate with strategic partners such as Maryland Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) and Prince George's Community College (PGCC). Activities in which the students participate include the following: Project Management 101 and 102, College Preparation and Planning (joint partnership with PGCC and MESA), Skills for Life Roundtable Mentoring, and Presentation Skills I and II. For 2014, we are adding a new module focusing on Patents and Intellectual Property.

What is your return on investment as a partner with the PLTW Pre-Engineering Program at Charles Herbert Flowers High School?
The benefit to Lockheed Martin is that we obtain employees that understand how to think critically, collaborate, and be proactive in learning. Lockheed Martin collaborates with the program because the teacher, Ms. Victoria Lee understands what it takes to succeed in the real world of Engineering and she challenges her students to excel at a higher level. The students from Mrs. Lee's class are energetic, inquisitive and have a desire to learn all they can and to be the best at whatever they do. These are the attributes that we look for when making hiring decisions to fill our technical talent pipeline. In return, the students have the opportunity to work with some of the world's foremost engineering and technology experts. By doing so, they transfer knowledge from the classroom to Corporate America.

What skills are valued in the workplace at Lockheed Martin?
At Lockheed Martin, we hire people from various backgrounds in both technical and non-technical areas supporting a myriad of business needs and customer challenges. Not only do we value collaboration, innovation and the ability to work in teams, we also have a corporate culture where employees are expected to do what's right, perform with excellence, and respect others. The PLTW Pre-Engineering students selected to participate in our internship program always come ready with new and innovative ideas. They are natural problem-solvers. We continue to work with the students to help them understand how to present ideas, thoughts and concepts in a more succinct way to help establish themselves as professionals.