(Editor's note: The following information was submitted Raytheon Corp.)
Recently, more than 60 students from Lawrence High School and the Greater Lawrence Technical School attended a Stand & Deliver event
Robert Curbeam, vice president of Mission Assurance for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS), spoke to a captivated audience about how he used education and perseverance to overcome adversity and reach success. Curbeam is a former NASA astronaut, retired Captain in the U.S. Navy, and a graduate of the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN). He also holds the record for the most spacewalks, four during the STS-116 mission, for a single spaceflight.
The students represented Lawrence High School and Greater Lawrence Technical School, in Lawrence, Mass., and are enrolled in the Stand & Deliver corporate campus academic mentoring program. Part of Family Service, Inc., a nonprofit social service agency serving the greater Lawrence community, Stand & Deliver matches volunteers from local businesses with underserved middle and high school students.
The primary mission of the program is to recognize the intelligence, talent and abilities of students and give them the support to reach their full academic potential. For nearly a decade, Raytheon and Stand & Deliver have joined forces to encourage students with their studies in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects.