Raytheon, Boys & Girls Clubs of America inspire more girls to study engineering

Volunteers to host hands-on learning activities for girls across the U.S.

Feb 17, 2016, 08:00 ET from Raytheon Company

WALTHAM, Mass., Feb. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Women represent only 13 percent of the engineering workforce in the United States. With that imbalance in mind, Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) has teamed up with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to introduce more girls to the field of engineering and the career options it offers.

During Engineers Week, Feb. 21-27, Raytheon, a sponsor of DiscoverE 'Girl Day,' will host events for hundreds of girls at Boys & Girls Clubs in Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Texas and Virginia. Engineers will visit the clubs and lead hands-on learning activities that demonstrate engineering concepts, such as building basic electrical circuits and designing the strongest skyscrapers.

"There are incredible opportunities for young women to fill the engineering jobs of tomorrow, and these jobs will be plentiful," said Rebecca Rhoads, an electrical engineer and president of Raytheon Global Business Services. "Not only do engineering jobs traditionally pay well, but they are exciting and challenging and allow you to work on solutions that matter and make a difference in the world."

(See the '10 Reasons to Love Engineering' infographic)

The average engineer's salary in 2014 was $93,630, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, well above the average wage of $47,230 for all occupations. Engineers who just graduated from college were among the highest paid in the class of 2015, averaging a $64,367 annual salary.

Girl Day is just one way Raytheon hopes to inspire the next generation of innovators. Through its flagship program MathMovesU, the company has invested more than $125 million in science, technology, engineering and math initiatives.

Most recently, the company pledged $10 million in new, multi-year partnerships with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Student Veterans of America to help military families succeed through education. Funds support the development of 'Centers of Innovation' at Boys & Girls Clubs and affiliated youth centers in military communities, as well as expanding access to Student Veterans of America's programs and support.

To learn more about Raytheon's corporate responsibility efforts, visit http://www.raytheon.com/responsibility/.

About Raytheon

Raytheon Company, with 2015 sales of $23 billion and 61,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. With a history of innovation spanning 94 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, C5I products and services, sensing, effects, and mission support for customers in more than 80 countries. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. Visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @Raytheon.

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