PWCS students take part in Lockheed Martin’s annual Women In STEM Day
Posted on 12/17/2019
PWCS students attend Lockheed Martin Women in Stem Day

Dozens of young women from schools throughout Prince William County and surrounding areas attended Lockheed Martin’s 15th annual Women in STEM Day last month. The event was hosted at the facility in Manassas and provided a glimpse inside exciting STEM careers for women.

Students from nine PWCS high schools were able to tour the Lockheed Martin facility, engage in STEM activities from engineering to robotics, and were given opportunities to network with women professionals. The goal? To inspire these young ladies to join the future science, technology, engineering, and mathematics workforce.
Students at Lockheed Martin for Women In Stem Day Lockheed Martin is a key partner in education for Prince William County Schools. In addition to the annual Women in STEM Day event, the global aerospace engineering corporation also offers an apprentice program at their Manassas site.

They hire PWCS recent graduates and put them on career paths, with one year of structured on-the-job training and benefits included. Once completed, the apprentices continue in the program with opportunities for advancement in their careers. The students are enrolled at Northern Virginia Community College, furthering their education and taking advantage of the Lockheed Martin tuition assistance program while working the full-time apprenticeship positions.

Former Prince William County School students mentor students at Lockheed Martin for Women In Stem Day Patriot High School 2018 graduate Helen Caron and Gar-Field High School 2018 graduate Aliyah Barney are both in the Lockheed Martin apprentice program and were at this year’s Women in STEM event. They shared their experiences with PWCS students in attendance, among them students in the Stonewall Jackson High School STEM Girls Club.

“What I enjoyed very much was that the Lockheed Martin women employees had an interest in us girls,” shared Ama Mensah, a Stonewall Jackson High School freshman. “They did a Q&A session with us and took the initiative to answer all of our questions. This experience inspired me to follow my dreams and to look for what interests me and to do it.”
Stonewall Jackson High School students attend Lockheed Martin Women In Stem DaySJHS students at Lockheed Martin Women in STEM Day