Tuskegee University’s ongoing partnership with Lockheed Martin will bring with it some special opportunities on Sept. 18-19 for students considering careers within the global aerospace and defense industry. Throughout “Lockheed Martin Day,” students will get to meet corporate executives, meet with on-site hiring managers and tour a UH-60M BLACK HAWK™ helicopter scheduled to land on campus by the Alabama Army National Guard that Thursday.
“‘Lockheed Martin Day’ will allow Tuskegee University students to see the full scope of career opportunities with our company — not to mention gain a better understanding of the expectations companies like ours have for today’s college graduates,” said Beverly Walker, who helps lead university recruiting for Lockheed Martin as its campus manager for Tuskegee. “This will be a fabulous opportunity for us to showcase Lockheed Martin technologies while attracting the next generation of professionals from such a well-respected university.”
A full schedule of events planned for Sept. 18-19 — and a link to students to register — is online at www.lockheedmartinjobs.com/tuskegee.
Events scheduled on Wednesday will feature a program exclusively for Brimmer College of Business and Information Science students. Beginning at noon, Lockheed Martin executives will host a lunch and information session in the Brimmer Hall Auditorium for students enrolled in business, computer science and supply chain programs.
At 6 p.m. Wednesday evening in Logan Hall, students of all majors are invited to network with Lockheed Martin corporate leaders and hear from them during a panel discussion.
“We are truly grateful to Lockheed Martin for taking such an active and profound interest in our students by helping to enhance their academic experiences and their post-graduate career opportunities,” said Dr. Kai Koong, dean of the Brimmer College. “It takes strong corporate partners like Lockheed Martin to ensure our degree programs stay on par with industry expectations.”
The focus shifts from business to engineering on Thursday, with the arrival of the Alabama Army National Guard on a Sikorsky UH-60M BLACK HAWK™ helicopter on the Logan Hall lawn. Following its anticipated 9:45 a.m. arrival, and until 3 p.m. that afternoon, students and the community can tour and take photographs on the helicopter.
In Logan Hall, simulator experiences will provide a taste of what it’s like to fly a Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighter jet in a cockpit simulator and to virtually “build” a Lockheed Martin plane. Along with the simulators, students can attend TED-style tech talks and “executive corners” staffed by company leaders. And outdoors, students can test their physical fitness and gaming skills with the National Guard.
Also beginning at 10 a.m., Lockheed Martin hiring managers will be available to talk one-on-one with students to discuss their background and career interests. Many of these managers will be able to make on-the-spot job offers to qualified students for both full-time and internship positions. Interested students are welcome to come dressed in business casual attire and must bring their resume to share.
Between Sept. 10-13, every Tuskegee student can participate in a scavenger hunt sponsored by the company. Students participating in “The Great Helicopter Hunt” can qualify to attend an on-campus, invitation-only networking event with Lockheed Martin executives, as well as enter a raffle to win an 11” Apple iPad Pro and other company give-a-ways. More information about how to participate is online at www.lockheedmartinjobs.com/treasure.
One of the executives students will meet is Stephanie C. Hill, Lockheed Martin’s senior vice president for enterprise business transformation. She was named to Black Enterprise’s 2019 list of Most Powerful Women in Corporate America, recognized as one of Computerworld's 2015 Premier 100 IT Leaders, named the U.S. Black Engineer of the Year by Career Communications Group in 2014 and included on EBONY Magazine’s Power 100 list. Hill also champions the company’s outreach to and partnerships with HBCUs.
Lockheed Martin currently employs more than 60 Tuskegee alumni, and the company hopes through “Lockheed Martin Day” and other partnerships with the university’s business and engineering programs, it will add more future graduates to its workforce.
“Tuskegee University and its students are unique, and the university’s success in recruiting, retaining and graduating high-caliber business and engineering students makes it an ideal partner in Lockheed Martin’s workforce development efforts,” Walker said. “We are constantly looking for ways to engage with Tuskegee to ensure diversity among our ranks of talented operations and engineering professionals.”
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 105,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. For additional information, visit www.lockheedmartin.com.
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