In the history of North America, for the first time ever, Blue Ridge Community College is opening a new horizon in the field of paperboard packaging by introducing a certificate program.
By enrolling in the college’s 17-credit program, students will be provided with the training requisite for working in the corrugated and paperboard packaging industry. Many employers in the Shenandoah Valley like Staunton’s Carded Graphics provide these services.
Bob Young, the Vice President of the college, who is responsible for instruction and student services, confirms that this initiative wouldn’t have been launched had the area companies involved in packaging not offered their support for it.
Young added that the program was launched after Blue Ridge officials, including him, discovered the importance of packaging industry and realised the hard time the companies face while finding skilled employees in the domain.
Young was upbeat about this program’s success as he said it would help bridge the gap between the rising demand and lack of skilled employees, who know the entire process, right from the start till the end.
He added that despite master’s and bachelor’s degrees in box design and packaging offered by colleges, a program that trains someone on how to run and take care of equipment was difficult to find.
What This Program in Paperboard Packaging Entails
Blue Ridge’s program will offer classes in CAD (Computer Aided Design) and industrial methods. Students attending this program will learn about dye cutting, folding, packaging and gluing.
To empower the students with practical knowledge, Blue Ridge has even hired a faculty member from the paperboard packaging and manufacturing industry.
Murry Pits, the CEO/President of Carded Graphics, which is a leading manufacturer in the field of paperboard packaging and folding cartons, said that students will learn the fundamentals of this industry in the certificate program.
He also added that the program has been designed in a certain manner that will help the students be fully prepared for the practical field.
Pitts is optimistic about this program and hopes this “first time ever” course in North America to become widely acclaimed.
To make the students fully prepared for the practical field, Blue Ridge will make the last class an internship at Carded Graphics, Supply One in Weyers Cave, or at Packaging Corporation of America in Harrisonburg.
This certificate program is also supported by companies like InterChange Group, Inc. in Harrisonburg and A.G. Stacker, Inc. in Weyers Cave.
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