Sappi Fine Paper Mill and Fon du Lac Tribal Community College Join Forces to Get Northland Students Jobs

By KBJR News 1

August 13, 2013 Updated Aug 13, 2013 at 6:10 PM CDT

Sappi Fine Paper and Fond du Lac Tribal Community College have joined forces to train the future workforce.

The unique pair have teamed up to create the Electrical Utility Technical Program.

"One of our biggest needs was for the electronics and instrumentation skill–set for our maintenance department," says Jim Skrbec who works in the HR Department at Sappi.

Students will be trained on industry standard equipment that will qualify them for a position at Sappi upon graduation.

"They would have the basic skill–set for this position, to be able to come in and be considered for the position that we have," adds Skrbec.

Sappi donated 50 thousand dollars to help make the enhanced program a possibility.

Fond du Lac reciprocated by matching the amount with 50 thousand dollars of their own.

"We'll use that money to enhance our curriculum modernize the technology in our labs and create hands on learning applications for our students," says Tom Urbanski, Director of Public Information at Fon du Lac Tribal Community College.

One of the main goals of the 2 year program is to keep students current with the ever changing industry technology.

"So we need to make sure we are up to date with the curriculum and hands on learning instances for our students to make sure they are best prepared and the most employable," adds Urbanski.

Sappi provides between 700 – 750 jobs to the region.

Joint ventures aren't the only thing new at Sappi. The company recently made the switch from paper pulp to a specialized cellulose product.

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