Leidos donates $1M to Huntsville cyber school

Leidos is parent of Huntsville legacy tech firm Dynetics

From left to right: Matt Massey, ASCTE president; Alicia Ryan, ASCTE Foundation Board of Trustees vice chair; Senator Arthur Orr, Alabama State Senate and Board of Trustees, chair; Dave King, Leidos Corp., Dynetics Group president; Ronnie Chronister, Leidos Corp., Dynetics senior vice president of weapons technology and manufacturing; Kristina Hendrix, Leidos Corp., Dynetics Group communications director.

Science and technology firm Leidos Corp., the parent of Huntsville-based Dynetics, has donated $1 million toward construction of the new Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering.

The public, residential magnet high school offers students from around the state the opportunity to participate in specialized classes in high-tech fields. Alabama’s three public magnet high schools are tuition free and serve a diverse student body. ASCTE has 37% women and 35% African American students.

One of the school’s missions is to embed cyber protections into the engineering cycle. “This mission is critical in meeting current and future workforce needs in these fields,” the company said in announcing its gift, noting that students have the opportunity for internships, field experiences and cooperative learning in preparation for the workforce or further education.

“We’re proud to invest in Huntsville’s future and support the pioneering technology coming out of Alabama,” said Leidos Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Roger Krone. “This donation is our commitment to the future. It also addresses the ongoing need for a 21st century workforce of skilled science and engineering professionals. We’re excited to be part of this effort, providing students with the education and skills they need to thrive.”

“We are very excited to welcome Leidos as an ASCTE Partner in Education,” said ASCTE President Matt Massey. “Donations from our industry partners are being used to construct a state-of-the-art academic and residential facility to educate students from across the state. Support from Leidos and other industry partners helps us provide a robust program to educate future industry professionals and leaders.”

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Leidos is headquartered in Reston, Virginia. It acquired Dynetics at the end of 2019 for $1.65 billion.

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