ALEXANDRIA, VA, March 20, 2019 (Newswire.com) -Long known for its pulp and paper program, North Carolina State University (NC State) is adding a new dimension to its Department of Forest Biomaterials. Through the assistance of ICPF’s corrugated packaging awards program, the university is launching its first corrugated packaging and design curricula track. The new program, which will receive ICPF equipment donations and funding over a three year period as NC State delivers measurable steps, will expand student capabilities and interest beyond the mill into plant production & operations management, design, sales and ultimately mid-level and upper-level executive management.
As the first part of the partnership between ICPF and NC State, ICPF is installing a CAD table and Impact design software in NC State’s new corrugated packaging lab this semester. Discounts and donations on the equipment, software, training and installations are being provided to ICPF by Gerber Technology and Arden Software. With over 180 students annually enrolled in the university’s Paper Science & Engineering program, NC State is working to become a major recruitment resource for ICPF Corporate Partners in the mid-Atlantic, southern and other regions of the U.S.
The International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF) mission is to generate a stream of increasingly qualified students to enter the corrugated packaging and displays industry. ICPF is dedicated to the creation and building of partnerships within the education community, provides curricula, equipment and other resources to advance corrugated curricula, works to expand student internships within the industry, and promotes corrugated packaging & display career opportunities for packaging engineering, graphic design, structural design, business, marketing & sales, supply chain management, mechanical & chemical engineering, industrial engineering & design, tech and related graduates.