Dulles’ Raytheon was one of several employers to partner with Loudoun County Public Schools on Wednesday for the annual Job-for-a-Day initiative.
Area high school students participated in several hands-on activities at the cybersecurity and defense firm, including an escape room coding challenge and a counter drone demonstration.
According to a press release, one of the reasons the company decided to open up its doors to students is because of the dearth of high school graduates pursuing STEM careers, pointing to a staggering statistic that estimates that more than 200,000 cybersecurity jobs in the U.S. are currently unfilled. Company executives praised the event for exposing students to potential future career opportunities right in their backyard.
“It was wonderful to see these students so inspired by Raytheon’s technology, innovation and commitment to our customers’ missions,” stated John Balaguer, vice president of Engineering and Technology for Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services. “Engineering launched me into a rewarding career, and it is my ambition that we continue to create more routes for young people to experience its importance, inspiring them to do the same. We’re hopeful that events like Job-for-a-Day will encourage them to pursue a STEM-related career.”
Job-for-a-Day is an initiative of the Loudoun County School-Business Partnership. The annual event offers local students an opportunity to get a glimpse of careers that may interest them.