Lockheed Martin Recognized for Leadership in STEM Education


Lockheed Martin Vice President and General Manager Amy Gowder (center) accepts an award as 2017 Partner of the Year by Project Lead The Way. From left, Orange County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Barbara Jenkins, Gowder, and PLTW CEO Vince Bertram.

Project Lead The Way (PLTW), a national nonprofit organization that fosters academic interest and achievement in students, named Lockheed Martin a 2017 Partner of the Year during the organization’s annual summit. Approximately 2,000 educators, policy makers and industry partners attended the event, which took place at the Marriott World Center in Orlando.

Lockheed Martin has partnered with PLTW since 2007 and helped expand access to PLTW’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum in grades K-12. In 2015, the company committed $2 million to the K-12 PLTW program in Orange County Public Schools, expanding the program to all schools in the district.

Additionally, Lockheed Martin employees have dedicated thousands of volunteer hours over the last decade in support of PLTW programs across Central Florida and the country. Today, Lockheed Martin-funded schools have a 96 percent PLTW retention rate.

In recognizing Lockheed Martin, PLTW commended the company’s efforts to expand access to PLTW programs and transform teaching while engaging PLTW students in real-world, hands-on learning opportunities that connect them to the world of work.

Lockheed Martin Vice President and General Manager Amy Gowder provided the summit’s opening remarks and introduced Orange County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Barbara Jenkins.

“At Lockheed Martin, we see the high potential in our interns, new college hires and early career employees and understand the need for a robust STEM curriculum in our school systems,” Gowder said. “Success in growing the STEM workforce depends on collaboration among industry, academia, government and families. We are committed to supporting programs and events that focus on student achievement, teacher development and diversity.”

January 8, 2018