AICC began offering free online education to member companies through a partnership with The Packaging School in April 2017. During today’s unprecedented times, virtual training is more important than ever.
As of this writing, employees of AICC member companies have completed 2,876 courses and started an additional 1,646 courses. These courses represent 1,492 better-trained employees, $274,520 saved in training costs, and more than 1½ years of cumulative training time.
“Having the ability to continue training programs at a time of ‘social distancing’ through AICC’s online Packaging School is very powerful for member companies,” says AICC President Mike D’Angelo. “So much discussion today is about business continuity planning—education is another way to ensure the resiliency of your business, certainly in a prolonged crisis and as a matter of good practice.”
Nearly 80 courses are currently online, with more being released each quarter. There are courses available for every department.
Brian Strauss, human resource specialist at Michigan City Paper Box Co., says, “Whether it’s requiring a new hire to watch—and pass—the Safety Basics course or asking management and office staff to enhance their skills by taking courses from leadership and production to finance and sales, Michigan City Paper Box Co. uses AICC’s Packaging School as a fundamental piece of our training.”
Several of the newest and soon-to-be-released courses are through the support of AICC Education Investors—Fosber, BCM Inks, Sun Automation Group, Pamarco, JB Machinery, Printron, Absolute, Kruger, EFI, HP, Bobst, and Stafford Corrugated—that offer their time and expertise along with a financial commitment to create an online course in partnership with AICC and The Packaging School.
AICC, with the support of sponsors—EAM-Mosca of Mexico, Cartró S.A., Cajas de Cartón Sultana S.A. de C.V., and Michigan City Paper Box—is continuing the process of translating more online courses into Spanish.