Leidos Supports Workforce Development Through Project-based Learning

By Jay Garant
May 11, 2020

Diversity, workforce development, Leidos volunteers, teaming and Centreville High School are a potent elixir. It’s a mix encouraging student enthusiasm for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) into a task-oriented, student constructed robot.

In Fairfax County Public Schools, workforce development programs begin early, including career awareness activities. 

As partnerships march toward middle and high school aged students, workforce development grows in complexity, becoming career experience and preparation. Examples can be seen through Centreville High School’s business partnership with Leidos, who has sponsored the school’s FIRST Robotics Team since 2016.

According to Robert Franceschini, Senior Vice President and Deputy CTO, “Here at Leidos, we're committed to supporting STEM education and our next generation of innovators.” He added, “Our partnership with FIRST Robotics and Fairfax County Public Schools is helping to create the workforce of the future. Through mentorship and motivation, our employees have an opportunity to make a direct impact in the communities where we live and work.”

Through their philanthropic efforts, Leidos is striving to create a sustainable future – their work includes mentoring students committed to building competitive FIRST teams. Students have opportunities to build skills around engineering a robot, but you will be surprised to learn what else goes into a building and maintaining a successful team. Watch the video to learn more about the variety of skills benefiting students now and throughout their future careers.