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Keep Up the Momentum

By AICC Staff

March 22, 2021

width=364Pledges and dollars continue to come into the Foundation for Packaging Education. Several contributors got their first-year tax-deductible pledge in prior to the end of the year. From when the foundation was announced in November to the time of this writing early in the new year, pledges total $745,000, with funds on hand growing. With the AICC “Million Dollar Match” program, the foundation is well on pace for its $2 million financial goal.

Pledges have been received from the following “Inaugural Donors”: Michigan City Paper Box; Bay Cities; Jamestown Container; Wasatch Container; Oklahoma Interpak; SUN Automation Group; StandFast Packaging Group; Harris Packaging; DeLine Box Display; Package Crafters; Central Package & Display; Packaging Express; BCM Inks; Buckeye Boxes; Welch Packaging Group; and L.D. Davis. With the receipt of another $255,000 in pledges, the Inaugural Donor class will close, and AICC’s Million Dollar Match will be met. Please help us to reach this immediate goal.

For those of you who may not be aware, AICC has created the Foundation for Packaging Education to support the development and delivery of employee education and training resources for workers in the corrugated, folding carton, rigid box, and related supply chain industries. In other words, the foundation’s mission is to support training programs for your box plant employees.

The foundation will allow AICC to keep your online training free. AICC’s education programming continues to support membership at an all-time high in terms of use. Logins to AICC’s Packaging School averaged almost 850 per month in 2020, with nearly 6,000 courses completed from January 2017 through December 2020. These numbers are more than double the totals from the end of 2019. Course development for The Packaging School continues to add about 10 new courses per year. Total courses at The Packaging School now number 80, with 20 of the courses available in Spanish. More classes and translations are always coming. To see the course catalog,

If you have a suggestion for a new course, please reach out to Taryn Pyle at or Chelsea May at

AICC has enhanced the online course offering at The Packaging School with an increased schedule of webinars and hybrid courses being offered online. This was a natural evolution given the pandemic and the limits on travel for seminars and hands-on education opportunities. We are in the midst of more than 50 online webinars outside of the AICC Packaging School that cover a broad range of relevant and timely topics.

Ensuring a better-trained workforce in the corrugated, folding carton, and rigid box industries is a cause worthy of your investment. To make a pledge to the Foundation for Packaging Education, visit