Transitioning Careers via Registered Apprenticeships: Spotlight on Na’Keena Brown


Na’Keena Brown had been a Funeral Director for 11 years when she decided to join Lockheed Martin

“When I first started the apprenticeship training program, I feared I was not going to be able to catch on and learn the skills since I did not have an engineering background. However, the instructors made the classes at Southern Arkansas University Tech fun, and the one-on-one training approach really helped with my confidence in my abilities", Na’Keena stated.

Today, Na’Keena is an Inspector Senior for the Missiles and Fire Control (MFC) Camden location where she performs inspections using certified skills on both ground and flight electronic assemblies. Through an educational partnership with Southern Arkansas University Tech, Lockheed Martin’s Camden Manufacturing Apprentice Program (CMAP) provides individuals in the Camden community access to multiple career pathways. The MFC talent acquisition strategies have diversified their apprenticeship program, which is now is comprised of 40% women.

CMAP is one of many Registered Apprenticeship programs offered at Lockheed Martin. Our apprenticeships range from aircraft maintenance and assemblers to software, cyber security, and engineering. We invest in our apprentices and equip them with the hands-on learning, mentoring and training needed to thrive in a career. Apprentices are valued members of our workforce and are eligible for benefits such as health insurance and paid time off.

Publish Date: 02/01/2023

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