BCI Empire Division has a talented workforce that is willing to share their skills and integrity to help influence the career paths of many of the P-TECH students. The company has a mission to be the leading, most highly respected independent corrugated packaging company in North America; their local vision is also aligned with this mission through community outreach and creating opportunities for students while building lasting relationships that may result in future employment.
During this school year, BCI Empire Division has welcomed a total of 16 P-TECH juniors into their facilities on six separate occasions, allowing them to shadow with BCI associates to gain insights into their organization and the manufacturing process. They also previously hosted a large group of P-TECH sophomores for a company tour, presentation about the company – types of jobs, entry level pay, products/services – and provided them with a challenge to assemble a box as quickly as possible. Students not only competed to be the “first” to figure out how to put the box together, but were delighted to be able to take them back to school with them.
BCI is also very safety-conscious and recently had many of their associates receive training in a Red Cross course for first aid, CPR and AED. They are fully-prepared to have volunteers who are willing to render medical aid as necessary either for minor issues or until fire and ambulance arrive. The P-TECH sophomores will be taking their OSHA 10 Safety training class during P-TECH’s Summer Bridge program in July and will be visiting a few companies, like BCI, to observe how a company implements safety procedures throughout the workplace.
(News release provided by Kathy Birmingham, Partners for Education & Business, Inc., an affiliate of MACNY)
Pictured: Tim Bird, Plant Manager, and Karen Turk, Accounting Assistant