Georgia-Pacific Foundation Invests $10,000 in Angelina College’s Technology and Workforce Development Program

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Georgia-Pacific donates $10,000 to Angelina College’s Technology and Workforce Development Program. The funds will help provide equipment and training for students pursuing a career in manufacturing. Pictured from (l to r) are Ezequiel Alanis, Angelina College Electrical Major student; Jeremy Sanches, Lead Instructor for Electromechanical Technology; Logan Taylor, Electrical Major student; and Pat Aldred, Vice President of Composite Panels, Georgia-Pacific.

Angelina College and Georgia-Pacific are teaming up to build the workforce of the future in manufacturing. Recently the local building products company donated $10,000 to the school’s Technology and Workforce Development Center to cultivate home-grown talent pursuing a career in manufacturing.

“Manufacturing is transforming as new operating technologies are implemented and accelerate change in the workplace,” said Pat Aldred, Vice President of Composite Panels, Georgia-Pacific. “It is critical that manufacturers and schools work together to develop the workforce of the future. These funds will help prepare students for future employment while helping those already in the workforce broaden their knowledge and ultimately advance their careers.”

According to Jeremy Sanches, Angelina College Lead Instructor of Electromechanical Technology, the funds will provide equipment and training for maintenance technicians in the Technology and Workforce Development program. “We want to make sure our students are fully prepared and have the appropriate skill set to be successful once they start working,” said Sanches. “Since manufacturing is always transforming, it is critical that we work closely with local employers to meet their needs.”

Established in 1958, the Georgia-Pacific Foundation sets aside resources to improve life in the communities where the company operates. GP has worked with thousands of outstanding community-based programs, service projects and disaster relief efforts, focusing its investment in four areas: education, environment, enrichment, and entrepreneurship.

About Georgia-Pacific

Based in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific and its subsidiaries are among the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of bath tissue, paper towels and napkins, tableware, paper-based packaging, cellulose, specialty fibers, building products and related chemicals. Our familiar consumer brands include Quilted Northern®, Angel Soft®, Brawny®, Dixie®, enMotion®, Sparkle® and Vanity Fair®. Georgia-Pacific has long been a leading supplier of building products to lumber and building materials dealers and large do-it-yourself warehouse retailers. Its Georgia-Pacific Recycling subsidiary is among the world’s largest traders of paper, metal and plastics. The company operates more than 150 facilities and employs more than 30,000 people directly and creates approximately 89,000 jobs indirectly. For more information, visit: gp.com/about-us. For news, visit: gp.com/news.

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