Canadian Packaging

CCCA scholarships reward top packaging engineering students

By Jerry Scott Mills   

General Canadian Corrugated and Containerboard Association (CCCA) Conestoga College Conestoga College Institute of Food Processing Technology Packaging Engineering Technician program

Canadian Corrugated and Containerboard Association rewards four Conestoga College students in its Packaging Engineering programs.

With seven campuses and training centers located across southwest Ontario, Conestoga College is one of the province’s fastest growing colleges and a leader in polytechnic career-focused education through its training and applied research programs.

Since 2013, members of Canada’s corrugated and containerboard industry have contributed to developing the college’s newly launched Packaging Engineering Technician program via an active Advisory Committee and by providing equipment and funds to support its startup.

As described by Luis Garcia, chair of Conestoga’s Institute of Food Processing Technology, “The two-year Packaging Engineering diploma program now offered at our Cambridge campus provides training in the structural design of packaging materials.

“Here, students learn to utilize different materials in our classroom facilities and testing labs. And also in the field, via our co-op industry placement programs.”


The CCCA Scholarship Awards
Responding to a request made by Garcia to help support participants in the new program, the Canadian Corrugated and Containerboard Association (CCCA) made available individual awards for outstanding students who successfully complete their first academic year.

Upon entering the second year, eligible recipients are nominated by faculty members based on leadership and academic achievement.

The First Recipients
In 2016, four top-performing students of the inaugural class were chosen by the college’s selection committee: Tran Bao Ha, Julie Lee, Sang Mi Park and Lindsay Van Wyck, BA, MA each received a $1,000 award.

The CCCA’s Board of Directors then moved to reaffirm the Association’s ongoing commitment to the scholarship program through the 2017 academic year.

Developing Future Leaders
In a related media release the Canadian Corrugated and Containerboard Association observed, “As this industry adapts to changing needs, our members will look to a new generation of innovators to help improve our products and processes.”

According to Garcia, the awards provided by the CCCA will “make a real difference for students as they prepare for successful careers in packaging engineering.

“We greatly appreciate all the support our industry partners have provided in the development and launch of this new program.”


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