This 36-credit diploma program is designed for current and new workers at area paper companies. The program works to increase skills and knowledge so that companies can become more competitive in the global market. This program is not designed for transfer to a four-year college or university.
This 60-credit program is more in-depth than the diploma program. Students take more advanced math and science classes as well as work to increase their communication skills. The degree is designed to meet the need for a more qualified and adequately trained paper company technician.
The dense forests surrounding Itasca County provide the raw materials for two of the area's main industries, logging and paper making. The Pulp and Paper Technology programs address the need for qualified and adequately trained technicians to meet the expectations of a technologically advanced workforce within the national paper industry. UPM Blandin Paper Company, located in Grand Rapids, and other area companies support these programs to fill future retirements with qualified workers. Itasca is partnering with the University of Minnesota, the National Science Foundation and UPM Blandin Paper Company in this endeavor. Jobs in the pulp and paper manufacturing industry are among the best jobs in the Midwest. With a typical starting salary of over $40,000, excellent benefits packages, significant opportunities for upward mobility and overtime. These jobs are not for people who want to sit in an office, but for people who want to make things happen. These new jobs require people with advanced skills,people who can troubleshoot complex problems and work as part of a team.
The following are excellent web resources to review career opportunities in manufacturing.
Tappi Career Center
This site contains industry jobs that employers post as well as an option for those looking for jobs to post their resume. It is a paper industry career center and has engineering, technical and manufacturing positions posted.
Dream! Do !t
This site provides you with first hand accounts of what people who work in manufacturing think about their jobs. The site also includes a career calculator, career profiles, job search engine and more.
Itasca Community College
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