Loudoun Public School Partners With Lockheed Martin

Brian Tinsman
Digital Properties Manager


Imagine your child heading back to school this fall and learning from teachers trained by the largest military contractor in the world. That’s happening right now in Loudoun County!

No, not trained in combat, but trained in the thing that matters most in education: finding a job after graduation.

On the eve of the new school year, employees from Lockheed Martin conducted a workshop with teachers from Loudoun’s Freedom High School, focusing on trendy topics like cyber security, hacking and data theft, and the company’s outer space division. Training was run by Lockheed executives and included hands-on games like Cyber Safety Jeopardy, “Hackers Gonna Hack” and “Grand Theft Data.”

A pair of panels focused on discussions with mid-career Lockheed managers and new hires to the company. Panelists advised students to think outside of the box when resume-building, including:

  • Building leadership through sports and extra-curricular activities;
  • Demonstrated ability to think for yourself and overcome obstacles;
  • Avoiding social media posts where employers will worry about a background check;
  • Building communication skills like professional writing and presentation delivery
  • Learning how to digest bad news and critical feedback.

All the Lockheed Martin employees who took part in the program did so on a volunteer basis, having worked additional hours in order to be available for the activity.  Representatives from Lockheed Martin will continue this partnership with Freedom High School by visiting the school later in the year.

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Lockheed is the latest of many collaborative collisions between Loudoun’s business community and the education system.

In October 2015, Telos Corporation teamed with George Washington University’s Science and Technology campus in Ashburn to create the Center for Data Analytics. The five-year partnership provides support for research and development projects that find digital solutions to key issues of national significance.

Last year, Northern Virginia Community College has also launched a certified cyber security program that will help address the industry needs. This initiative was also spearheaded by the business community, through the Northern Virginia Technology Council.

Extra-curricular activities like the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce’s Young Entrepreneur Academy give middle and high school students a real-life opportunity to plan and launch a business. Mentorship and funding for the program is provided by Loudoun businesses like Unanet, Integrus Holdings, REHAU. Telos and K2M Inc.

Lockheed Martin has an office in Loudoun County and will be participating in the upcoming Hire Loudoun Career Fair.


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