Three recent announcements herald new cooperative efforts among plastics groups for education and workforce development. --The Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI), Washington, D.C., and international custom molder Nypro Inc., Clinton, Mass., will collaborate on workforce development.
Three recent announcements herald new cooperative efforts among plastics groups for education and workforce development. --The Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI), Washington, D.C., and international custom molder Nypro Inc., Clinton, Mass., will collaborate on workforce development. According to an agreement between SPI president/CEO William Carteaux and Nypro director of corporate training and development Angelo Sabatalo, the Nypro University training facilities will provide SPI member companies new opportunities to improve their workers’ skills. Nypro University’s global distance learning network will offer a certificate program in plastics technology whose content will support SPI’s National Certification in Plastics. Other customized training programs are expected to offer continuing-education and degree credits that can be applied to AAS and BS degree programs offered by Nypro University’s global partners. --The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), Brookfield, Conn., is working with online plastics information provider SpecialChem of Paris, France. In order to deliver technical information to a wider audience, SPE will provide online technical presentations to be available at www.specialchem.com together with SpecialChem’s own presentations. A combined total of more than 50 prerecorded online presentations is to be launched later this year. --The board of directors of the National Plastics Center (NPC) in Worcester, Mass. (www.plasticsmuseum.org), composed of industry and association leaders, agreed that as of this month, SPI will take over management of the NPC. The NPC will contract with SPI to provide professional management services for the NPC’s plastics museum and educational programs while maintaining the independence of NPC and the autonomy of its board. SPI president/CEO William Carteaux sees this as an effective “pooling of the industry’s resources” for complementary programs and goals at SPI and the NPC. For example, SPI will market the NPC’s Plastivan community education program to all SPI members and SPI business units.