Northrop Grumman's Laser Systems business unit has been awarded a Commissioner's Business Recognition Award (CBRA) during the Florida Chamber Foundation's Annual Education and Philanthropy Summit, which took place on 9 June in Tampa, USA.
The award recognises an outstanding commitment to improving education by partnering with local schools and is decided by the Orange County School District, Florida Education Foundation and Florida Department of Education.
The Laser Systems unit has been behind such initiatives as the Wekiva High School Laser Photonics Career Academy and the High School Involvement Partnership (HIP) program.
The Wekiva High School Laser Photonics Academy is a partnership among Laser Systems, Orange County Public Schools and Valencia College that has offered a laser and photonics dual-enrolment curriculum since 2009. HIP is a multiyear mentoring programme through which more than 60 engineers and technologists have mentored 22 students on design-build projects over the past six years.
‘Engaging students and keeping them interested in science, technology, engineering and math is essential to the success of our company and our country,’ said Gordon Stewart, vice president, Laser Systems business unit, Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems. ‘We are honoured to receive this recognition and look forward to continuing our partnership with area schools to inspire the next generation of engineers and innovators.’
The CBRA programme was established in 1987 by the Florida Commissioner of Education. This program recognises businesses from around the state of Florida that have shown the most commitment, creativity and innovation in bringing about positive change to schools and school districts. Honorees are selected by each school district based on the significant impact the business partnership had on students in a particular K-12 public school or the entire district.