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Lake Gibson High Partners With Lockheed Martin for Apprenticeship Program

Three students from Lake Gibson High have been selected for a new apprenticeship program with Lockheed Martin.

Officials from PCPS and Lockheed Martin celebrated the occasion on Thursday morning with a signing ceremony at LGHS. The three students — Naydelin Franco, Dan Ying Jiang and Guido Ordonez — will spend the next two years working with Lockheed Martin’s Global Payroll team in Lakeland.

They’ll learn the fundamentals of the payroll business before moving on to more complex processes and policies that are specific to Lockheed Martin. If they successfully complete the program, the LGHS juniors will earn a professional certification and have a chance to work for the company.

“This has been a vision of ours for some time,” said Christine Michalik, Lockheed Martin’s director of payroll. “We are trying to create a new talent pipeline for payroll professionals at Lockheed Martin. Our goal is to keep these folks in our organization, where they can grow.”

The apprenticeship program with Lockheed Martin is a natural fit for students in the finance and business career academies at LGHS, said Steve Cochran, PCPS’ acting senior director of workforce education.

“Lockheed Martin knows how to keep our talent here; we need to show our students what’s available in Polk County,” Cochran said. “The best way for students to learn about these jobs is to go out and do them.”