Northrop Grumman’s WORTHY Program Gives Students Hands-on Engineering Experience

WORTHY student presentation; Photo: Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman Corporation announced today its Laser Systems business unit recently concluded its second annual Worthwhile to Help High School Youth mentoring program in Apopka, Fla.

The WORTHY program, created by Northrop Grumman, promotes the pursuit of technical degrees and careers among high school students.

This year’s program concluded with student project presentations that focused on the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. They were presented to Laser Systems’ executive staff, their parents and mentors, school officials and community leaders.

“Our WORTHY students have impressed me yet again with the ingenuity and creativity of their projects,” said Gordon Stewart, vice president and general manager of the Laser Systems business unit. “The WORTHY program provides real-world experience and learning in science and engineering, which will benefit these talented students as they pursue their college education.”

The program allowed the students to visit the laser systems campus one day each month during the school year to work on an engineering project of the students’ choice. Each student was assigned a mentor who worked with them to create and design a project plan in which they performed testing and troubleshooting. They were also taught presentation skills, budgeting and problem-solving skills.

By working with the students, the Laser Systems’ engineers and technical professionals gave the students a first-hand experience of their professions.

According to Northrop Grumman, the WORTHY program was initially launched in 1997 in Baltimore and has expanded to include additional company locations. Laser Systems has participated in the program since August 2009.

To participate from the program, high school sophomores must attend a Northrop Grumman-partnered public high school and have a 3.0 or higher grade point average. They must complete an application, submit an essay with two letters of recommendation and be selected through an interview process. The program could have up to a three-year commitment and runs during the school year.

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