AICC Creates Foundation To Sustain Packaging Education by Len Prazych The Board of Directors of AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, announced on November 16 that it has created a new nonprofit charitable founda- tion, the Foundation for Packaging Education (FPE),an educational endowment that will support the devel- opment and distribution of employee education and training resources for the work force in the corrugat- ed, folding carton, rigid box, and related supply chain industries. A charitable organization with an educational mis- sion, the FPE will serve as a complement to AICC’s other educational foundation, the International Corru- gated Packaging Foundation (ICPF), which focuses on bringing talent to the industry from two- and four-year collegiate level programs.AICC and Fibre Box Associa- tion (FBA) will continue to be co-sponsors of the ICPF. The Packaging School, which serves as the platform for AICC’s instructional courses, will continue to be AICC’s most important educational partner. FPE will not be providing curricula, education, translations and learning man agement systems, but will provide the funding for the programs of The Packaging School and AICC seminars and webinars. “It’s been a recurring theme withAICC’s Board of Di- rectors for a few years now and it’s best summed up by the fact that utility demands growth,” said AICC Presi- dent Michael D’Angelo of the need and the timing for the new foundation. “The creation of the Foundation for Packaging Education by AICC members is a ring- ing endorsement of the success that AICC’s education programming, particularly AICC’s Packaging School online, has achieved. Members want to ensure and sustain growth in curricula for industry employees by providing a reliable, enduring financial basis.Thus, the Foundation for Packaging Education was born.” “It really comes down to the sustainability of the AICC’s educational benefit,” said Al Hoodwin, Chair- man of the AICC’s Past Chairman’s Council and one of the board members,who along with Joseph M.Palmeri of Jamestown Container and Jana Harris of Harris Pack- aging and American Carton Company, brought up the concept of a second foundation atAICC’s winter board meeting. The three were also responsible for helping to develop the business plan for the foundation along with D’Angelo,AICC Ambassador SteveYoung, and the entire AICC staff. Hoodwin will serve as the Chairman of the Founda- tion for Packaging Education’s Board of Directors,with (Cont’d on Page 9)

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