ICPF Provides Award to Expand UT-A's Corrugated Packaging Program

ICPF & University of Texas – Arlington dedication of the ICPF donations of the DT 3000 table and Artios design software that jumpstarted the university’s corrugated packaging design program.

Six years ago, the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation installed a DT 3000 CAD sample table (donated to ICPF by Vanguard Packaging) and Artios software (donated by Esko) to initiate a partnership and packaging design program for the University of Texas Arlington graphic design students within the university’s Art & Art History Department.  That same year, Jana Harris (Harris Packaging) whose firm is an ICPF corporate partner, was recruited by ICPF to serve as ICPF’s representative to University of Texas Arlington’s (UT-A) new corrugated packaging advisory board.  Like the ICPF representatives who have been appointed to the advisory boards established at its other 25 partner universities, Jana has donated extensive time to provide input on UT-A’s corrugated packaging program, to mentor corrugated packaging faculty and students, to hire student interns and new graduates, and to promote the hiring of students interns by other ICPF corporate partners with operations in the region.  Most recently, Harris Packaging donated an additional 2002 Kongsberg CAD table to the UT-A program.

This past year, UT-A also applied to ICPF’s university packaging award program to enhance its program.  UT-A will be provided up to $124,350 in donations of equipment and funding over three years to expand its corrugated packaging curriculum to eight separate courses, to create a new a minor in corrugated packaging design,  to hire two adjunct professors from the industry, and to pace a large scale flatbed printer, as well as 20 computers, desks and chairs to upgrade UT-A's packaging design lab.

The assistance provided to University of Texas - Arlington is a part of the ICPF’s 2018 - 2021 Corrugated Packaging University Endowment Awards program in which ICPF’s 25 partner universities and other colleges around the country were invited to submit proposals to expand or create new corrugated curricula. Eleven campuses that submitted proposals were selected to sign partnership / asset placement agreements to receive ICPF purchased equipment, donated design software, and funding for up to three years.  As an extension of this program, universities across the nation will be invited annually to submit additional corrugated packaging curricula proposals that will be considered to receive ICPF’s university packaging award assistance.  For more information, visit www.careersincorrugated.org.