“VIRTUAL” ICPF TELECONFERENCE ON THE BUSINESS OF CORRUGATED PACKAGING DRAWS 400 STUDENTS AND FACULTY

Almost 400 students and faculty from 17 universities participated in ICPF’s 2021Teleconference on the Business of Corrugated Packaging & Displays and the Career Opportunities that was conducted on April 1, 2021.  Though due to pandemic restrictions the Teleconference had a much different look and structure this year, participation exceeded expectations. The Zoom program, moderated by Kelsea Potthast (University of Florida Business Administration/marketing and Packaging Science minor), began with the presentation of a video on various technology utilized by the industry. Keynote speaker Brian McPheely, Global CEO of VISY/ Pratt Industries, followed with a detailed overview on the business of corrugated packaging & displays.

Students then were transferred to 15 individual and preassigned breakout sessions where they directly asked industry questions that were answered by 15 representatives from Buckeye Corrugated Inc., Green Bay Packaging, Lawrence Packaging Corporation, Packaging Corporation of America, Pratt Industries, WestRock Corporation, and the UniCorr Packaging Group.  Throughout the Teleconferencestudents were advised to regularly visit ICPF’s career portal regularly where they can apply to employment opportunities posted by these and other ICPF corporate partner firms throughout the year. 

Participating universities included Appalachian State University, Bowling Green State University, Cal Poly, Clemson University, Illinois state University, Indiana State University, Lewis Clark State College, Michigan State University, Millersville University, North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina State University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rutgers University, University of Florida, University of Texas-Arlington, University of Wisconsin-Stout, and Virginia Tech.

The hundreds of students who joined the Teleconference posted their resumes in ICPF’s career portal’s resume bank prior to the broadcast.  Their resumes can be viewed among the over 500 active student, and upcoming 2021 graduate resumes currently posted there.   Those firms that are active ICPF corporate partners have immediate access to the resume bank after posting current positions for student interns or new graduates.

Later this month, a video of the Teleconference’s general session can be viewed from the 2021 Teleconference link found on ICPF’s website, www.careersincorrugated.org