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New University Endowment to Further Expand Corrugated Packaging Education

By AICC Staff

February 6, 2018

Over the past two decades, ICPF has placed almost $12 million toward equipment and millions more in software at the packaging programs within colleges and universities around the country. While these colleges and universities signed agreements to place the maintenance and replacement of the equipment into their individual capital improvement budgets, there are additional opportunities to encourage and support the further growth of corrugated packaging and displays curricula at college programs. This past quarter, ICPF sent a request for proposals (RFP) to the more than two dozen universities with which it has partnered to determine ways in which it can best advance their current corrugated packaging curricula. This spring, ICPF plans to select three of the submitted proposals to receive up to $150,000 each for new initiatives that might include: expansion or early introduction of corrugated packaging design education in the sophomore year; the addition of dedicated corru­gated packaging student internships; the addition of corrugated faculty; the introduction of corrugated marketing and sales or business into packaging coursework; the development of a new corrugated packaging program at a university or college in an underserved region; a prototype to track students and their career choices; or other creative proposals that will enhance student knowledge and further promote career opportunities in the corrugated packaging and displays industry. More information on this new endowment program will be reported in the upcoming months.

width=150Richard Flaherty is president of the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation.