Georgia-Pacific Presents Donation to Angelina College’s Technology and Workforce Development Program
Funds Used to Purchase Equipment for AC Courses
By GARY STALLARD
AC News Service
The ongoing partnership between Georgia-Pacific and Angelina College has proven beneficial to both organizations, but the teamwork displayed for years also is helping develop both talent and opportunities for citizens in the entire East Texas region.
On Monday, Georgia-Pacific and Angelina College officials were on-hand inside AC’s Technology and Workforce Development Center as GP made yet another generous donation from the GP Charitable Foundation toward assisting the college’s workforce programs.
Pat Aldred, Vice President and General Manager of Composite Panel, and Yana Ogletree, Public Affairs Manager, presented a check for $10,000 to AC’s Dr. Gary Friery, Dean of Business and Technology and David Turbeville, Electronics instructor.
Aldred cited a “highly competitive work environment, from an employee’s standpoint” as a big reason the partnership has become a necessity.
“The future of our company – especially on the manufacturing side – is the students who come through the vocational departments in our local high schools and through the Technology Workforce Center here at Angelina College,” Aldred said. “Our desire is that we have the right programs in place here, and can get students through these programs, so that we have a ready-made employee ready to go to work in our manufacturing facilities.”
The programs in place aren’t just boost for new students. Aldred mentioned how employees at any organization may need further training in order to advance within the company.
“To move up within the structure of a manufacturing facility, the employees may not have all the necessary skill sets,” Aldred said. “They can come to AC and learn those and move up to higher-paying positions within the plant.”
Ogletree added that the courses offered at Angelina College provide a boost to GP’s current employees hoping to improve both their knowledge and opportunities.
“This also enables our employees to continue to learn,” Ogletree said. “For example, through an apprenticeship program we offer at some of our facilities where employees can work while actually attending Angelina College. They can earn advanced degrees and grow their skill sets.”
Helping cultivate home-grown talent helps the entire community’s growth, according to Aldred.
“Georgia-Pacific would encourage other companies to invest in our youngsters and our community,” Aldred said. By investing in this, whether these students move on to GP or some other entity, we’ve improved the knowledge base of our young people. It allows them the opportunity to achieve those higher-skilled paying positions, and it improves the overall local economics.”
Ogletree said GP’s continued focus on educating future employees will help provide a boost for the local economy.
“Investing in education is key, and at Georgia-Pacific, our emphasis is on education,” Ogletree said. “We find it important to invest the money locally, not just with Angelina College but also with area high schools and other universities. This is our focus within our foundation.”
According to Janice Huffman, Grants and Sponsored Programs Director at AC, the latest donation will provide the following equipment:
- Five Hubbell-Wiegmann enclosures, NEMA-12 floor mount double-door enclosure for housing electronic consoles, instruments, components and associated wiring
- Five Hubbell-Wiegmann subpanels for use with the double-door floor mount enclosures
- Eight IronHorse premium efficiency AC induction motors – general purpose motors to operate processing system
- Three Wenglor photoelectric laser sensors for creating an automated processing system
- Sixteen Photoelectric sensors, polarized retroreflective for creating an automated processing system
- Assorted components (cables, brackets, tools) to construct panels, motors and sensors
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