Lockheed Martin presented a $300,000 check to Valencia College to support a second advanced manufacturing training program that will help cultivate the talent pipeline in the community. This 3-year grant to the school will start in 2018. The first program hired about 60 people and currently employs about 400 Valencia College graduates in Orlando.
With February's announcement regarding expansion, the company anticipates continued career opportunities, including within the supply chain, which supports significant training, technology and production contracts.
In November, the company announced a $1.5 million grant to the University of Central Florida (UCF) to establish a Cyber Innovation Lab.
In addition to support for Orlando and Florida academic institutions, Lockheed Martin announced its award of 200 scholarships of $10,000 per student, and the awards are renewable each year. This national program is open to individuals studying engineering or computer science who demonstrate financial need and come from underrepresented or underserved communities. The program will grow to 1,000 students by 2023 and $10 million in scholarships annually.