High School Program History
In 2007, The International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF) awarded a grant to Christian Brothers University packaging engineering (Memphis, TN) to develop and conduct a national corrugated packaging program prototype for early instruction and recruitment of local high school students to college and university packaging schools. The grant enabled the development of two separate summer programs, each a week long, that were successfully conducted in 2007. The grant also allowed for the development of a 3-4 hour after school or weekend workshop. This prototype was successfully conducted twice, once in the fall of 2007 and another in the winter of 2008, before its release nationally. The summer programs and workshops that were made available to Tennessee high school students, educated and generated over a hundred potential high school recruits for the Christian Brothers University (CBU) packaging engineering program. The program is being utilized by numerous colleges and universities across the country.
The International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF) was founded to advance corrugated packaging education and to educate students on the many career opportunities within the corrugated packaging industry. The ultimate goal is to enable the recruiting of more highly qualified new graduates into the industry.
To achieve its mission to generate a stream of increasingly qualified students to enter the corrugated industry, ICPF creates and builds partnerships with colleges and universities, assists in the placement of curricula, equipment and other resources to advance corrugated curricula, works to expand student internships within the industry, and promotes corrugated packaging career opportunities for packaging, sales & marketing, business, graphic design, engineering, supply chain management, and related graduates.
Co-sponsored by two major international packaging associations: AICC - The Independent Packaging Association and the Fibre Box Association (FBA), the concept of ICPF was initially presented by AICC leader J. Richard Troll who challenged AICC leaders to think of doing more for the industry, in some ways transcending short term association goals to enhance the image of the corrugated industry and, through education and outreach, attract bright, young career-minded people who would contribute to the ongoing creativity and performance of the corrugated packaging industry. With the strong support of individual AICC corporate members, ICPF was launched in 1985. In 1990, the Fiber Box Association joined as a co-sponsor of ICPF.
Since that time, ICPF has established partnerships with over 25 colleges and universities; placed over $11.5 million in CAD tables, presses and corrugated testing equipment at colleges and universities; assisted in placing over $20 million in design software at colleges and universities; developed online corrugated curricula that is available through its website for universities, community colleges and local technical schools; developed a program (that can be used for instruction by local plants, colleges and universities as a weekend, weeknight or week long workshop) to introduce high school students to corrugated packaging & display; developed an online career portal to serve as a conduit for companies to recruit student interns and new graduates; expanded its work beyond packaging science schools and students to include outreach and placement of students and graduates with majors and minors in sales & marketing, business, graphic design, supply chain management, engineering, human resources, and related degrees; and created a social network that assists ICPF in maintaining contact with over 800 students and new graduates who have indicated they are interested in a career in corrugated packaging & displays. In just the past three years alone, ICPF's corrugated packaging & display corporate partners have hired hundreds of student interns and new graduates utilizing ICPF's tools and resources.
Details on ICPF's earlier accomplishments (1985 - 2006) are provided in the ICPF Historical Timeline of Accomplishments.
You can help support the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation's (ICPF) operations and programs by attending its annual Holiday Weekend in New York. Socialize and enjoy the best New York City has to offer during the holiday season. Network and strengthen your ties within the industry...all while supporting the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF)!
The event is the only annual fundraising event conducted by ICPF. Participants (manufacturing executives, box plant owners & executives, and service & supplier executives) and their spouses, or significant others, begin with a Friday evening reception at a special New York location. On Saturday, guests attend a matinee of a Broadway hit or other special holiday production. After free time on Saturday for more socializing, shopping and otherwise enjoying the holiday season in New York, there always is a Saturday evening ICPF reception and dinner at an iconic New York restaurant. In addition to participating, many corporate executives have invited clients, potential ICPF Corporate Partners, and rewarded key executives from their companies with this special holiday weekend function. There are corporate opportunities for sponsorship as well.
ICPF Chairman, Jeff Chalovich, President of Corrugated Packaging at WestRock, stated “It is a special opportunity to mix with peers in an informal social environment. ICPF's holiday weekend is one of the most unique events in the industry. Your participation supports ICPF, an important resource for our future.”
The upcoming 2019 ICPF Holiday Weekend in New York will be held Friday - Sunday, December 13 - 15, 2019.
Hotel rooms go quickly during the holiday season, so executives are encouraged to register and make their hotel reservations through ICPF early to guarantee room availability at the special group rate. This year should be another early "sell out" with 55 couples participating. We advise that couples register as soon as possible before the end of the summer. And, a portion of the registration fee is fully tax deductible and supports ICPF's operations and programs. We hope you can join us this year for another special, holiday weekend.
Click Here to download the 2019 program and registration form.
More specifics on the upcoming event are below:
2019 Holiday Weekend in New York
ICPF's Holiday Weekend in New York (Dec. 13 - 15, 2019) serves as ICPF's annual fundraiser where manufacturing and supplier executives, with their spouses or guests, can support ICPF while socializing and enjoying the best of New York City during the holiday season.
This year's participants will began with a Friday evening reception at the historic Barbetta restaurant, sponsored by Pratt Industries. After free time on Saturday morning for brunches, holiday shopping, sightseeing and museums, participants will attend the Saturday matinee performance of the latest Broadway musical hit, sponsored by BW Papersystems. Executives and their spouses or guests will later participate in a Saturday evening reception and dinner at the renowned Chazz Palmineri. The reception is sponsored by Fosber America. The dinner is sponsored by Bobst North America. The traditional ICPF surprise holiday gift provided to participants is sponsored by Gerber Technology and Greif.
The Muse New York, a Kimpton boutique hotel in the Theatre District, is the suggested hotel where an ICPF group rate is available. Upon mailing their registration and fee, registrants will receive a link and a group rate code to make discounted room reservations.