SPI Web site covers collegiate plastics
WASHINGTON — The Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.'s Internet site has a list of colleges and universities that offer plastics and mold-making programs leading to two- or four-year degrees.
The schools are listed by region and state.
To access the information, go to www.socplas.org/involvement/ index.html and click on careers.
The Washington trade group's Web site also includes information on SPI employee certification.
Netstal donates press to Mass. high school
LEOMINSTER, MASS. — Netstal-Machinery Inc. has donated an injection molding machine to Leominster High School's Center for Technical Education.
Value of the press is $40,000. A Netstal customer in the Far East had used the machine to mold compact discs. Netstal refurbished the press and modified it for general-purpose molding at its technical center in Devens, Mass.
Leominster High School's CTE started in 1994 with three students. Today more than 50 students learn about molding and mold design through the program.
UNC gives polymers new Charlotte home
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—The Polymers Extension Program will get its own home at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in a $1.45 million building.
UNC Charlotte's board of trustees on Dec. 5 picked Adams Group, a Charlotte architectural firm, to design the one-story, 16,000-square-foot building.
Construction will begin this fall and be completed in mid-1999, said Bob van Brederode, PEP director.
The plastics program has been housed in the Cameron Applied Research Center. The new building will have classrooms, laboratories and a library.
PEP provides continuous education for people employed in the plastics industry, through two- and three-day short courses. It also does process, product development and testing for area firms.
Kent State garners Thomas Edison grant
KENT, OHIO—The Ohio Development Department's Thomas Edison Program has given a $360,000 grant to the Advanced Liquid Crystalline Optical Materials Center.
ALCOM is part of Kent State University's Liquid Crystal Institute. The center is a consortium of Kent State, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and the University of Akron.
A 1997 annual report from Packaging Education Forum in Herndon, Va., offers news from U.S. university packaging programs.
Farrel Corp. of Ansonia, Conn., donated a twin-screw extruder to the University of Akron's polymer engineering department.