On August 25, Currier Plastics (Auburn, NY) hosted a group of ninth-grade students from Auburn High School who will be participating in this year's P-Tech Auburn Pathways in Technology program. P-Tech is a six-year program that encompasses more hands-on learning than a traditional school environment. Upon completion of the program, students will have both their high school degree and an associate's degree from Cayuga Community College.
The P-Tech program blends academia with real-world experience and prepares the students for careers in the electrical and mechanical technology industries. Each student will be matched with a business mentor and gain professional experience during his or her high school years and, after six years, graduate with a New York State Regents diploma and an associate's degree from Cayuga Community College.
"We would love to pull candidates from this program and have already begun the process of selecting mentors," says Diane Pisciotti, Director of Talent at Currier Plastics. "P-Tech is new and this is the first year of the grant. We will have tour guides to escort the students around our facility, so they can see first hand what opportunities lie ahead for them."
Currier Plastics has also partnered with the Cayuga Community College Plastics Technology program and provided engineering and molding expertise. It has also donated an injection molding machine and negotiated the donation of additional equipment from some of its vendors.
In addition, Currier is planning on holding a Manufacturing Day event at the plant. Manufacturing Day, a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of employees, will be held nationwide on October 2.
Currier Plastics, established in 1982, is located in the heart of central New York and has been custom molding for a variety of industries such as plastic packaging, beauty and cosmetics, amenities, household consumables, electronic connectors and medical measuring devices. The company offers both injection molding and blowmolding.