Dec 11, 2009

New career opportunity for students

Orange County Public Schools, Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE: NOC) Laser Systems business unit and Valencia Community College publicly announced the formation of Florida’s first high school Laser Photonics Academy, at Wekiva High School on Friday, December 11, 2009. 

“By partnering with Northrop Grumman and Valencia Community College, we can ensure that our students are ready to meet the challenges of Central Florida’s growing high-tech business sector,” said Ronald Blocker, Orange County Public Schools Superintendent.

The Wekiva High School Laser Photonics Career Academy enables students to combine academic course work with practical hands-on learning experiences using state-of-the-art equipment. It will prepare students for a career in laser photonics. The academy is open to students who maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average and allows them to earn 48 college credits if they successfully complete the four-year program. Students will have the flexibility to enter the workforce right after graduation or continue their formal education at the college level.

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Laser Systems business unit is investing a total of $50,000 in equipment and funds to help launch the academy. Northrop Grumman Laser Systems is one of the world's leading manufacturers of military Electro-Optical (EO) targeting systems. 

Valencia Community College is providing the curriculum and staff needed to support the program as well all electrical test equipment onsite. All credits earned by the students will be recognized by college institutions and credited towards a future degree.