Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Catching up with Alcoa scholarship recipients

Nicole Wright (center) meets with Alcoa scholarship recipients
Samir AlSamarraee (l) and Sandra Jimenez-Guillermo (r).
As part of Alcoa’s commitment to supporting education, the company regularly provides scholarships to students at Pfeiffer University and Stanly Community College. 

Nicole Wright, Alcoa’s community relations coordinator in central North Carolina, recently had the opportunity to catch up with two recent scholarship recipients during a dinner at Pfeiffer. 

Sandra Jimenez-Guillermo, a sophomore from Burlington, NC, is majoring in Biology. She is planning to go to pre-vet school and would eventually like to work in a zoo or find a job caring for small animals. 

Samir AlSamarraee, a sophomore from Greensboro, NC, is majoring in Biology with a minor in Psychology. He plans to become an anesthesiologist. In addition to attending school, Samir is currently working two jobs. 

“Both students couldn’t say enough about their love for Pfeiffer – the quality education, the great staff and the family feel of that school,” Wright said. “Alcoa is proud to support students like Sandra and Samir and help them pursue their college education.” 

During the tour, Wright was impressed with Pfeiffer’s long-term planning and the renovation of many historic buildings on campus.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Alcoa Foundation accepting grant proposals

Alcoa and the Alcoa Foundation are currently accepting grant proposals from local non-profit organizations that protect the environment, strengthen education and enhance the community. In the past 10 years, Alcoa has donated nearly $2.5 million and supported more than 100 local non-profit organizations in the region.

“Alcoa and the Alcoa Foundation have a long history of supporting North Carolina organizations that improve our community. We are proud to continue our support of worthwhile causes that make our community stronger,” said Nicole Wright, who oversees community grants for Alcoa in North Carolina.

Grant proposals are due by March 31, 2015 and should be submitted directly to Alcoa Power Generating’s office in Badin, NC. (Additional contact information is listed below.)

Alcoa Foundation grants focus on two primary areas:

Education: Supporting STEM education and workforce training initiatives to help build the advanced technology workforce.

Environment: Driving measurable and systematic improvements in environmental sustainability through innovative solutions that incorporate the next generation of products, practices and systems. 

In 2014, local recipients of grants from Alcoa and the Alcoa Foundation included organizations such as:

Stanly Community College: $20,000 to support its new Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technology Center)

Pfeiffer University: $20,000 to support a series of summer camps focused on science,technology,engineering and math)

Uwharrie Community Services: $10,540 to fund a technology program aimed at helping seniors improve their computer skills

Rowan County Rescue Squad: $5,000 to purchase four underwater facemasks and buoyancy control devices for divers

John Murray Community Care Clinic: $5,000 to purchase medications and medical supplies

The Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the United States. In 2014, the foundation contributed more than $22 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, building innovative partnerships to improve the environment and educate tomorrow's leaders for careers in manufacturing and engineering.

 The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by the work of employee volunteers who share their talents and time to make a difference in their communities. Through the Alcoa ACTION (Alcoans Coming Together in Our Neighborhoods) program, employees in Badin frequently volunteer on community service projects and provide small grants to help benefit the nonprofit organization.

For more information about applying for an Alcoa Foundation grant or to receive the format for a concept paper, contact Nicole Wright at nicole.wright@alcoa.com. Concept letters can be sent via email or delivered to:

Alcoa Foundation
ATTN: Nicole Wright
293 NC 740 Highway
Badin, NC 28009-0576

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Alcoa Foundation donates $20,000 to Stanly Community College

Nicole Wright presents a
$20,000 check from the
Alcoa Foundation to Christy
Bogle, executive director
of the Stanly Community
College Foundation.
Alcoa Foundation has awarded Stanly Community College a $20,000 grant to support its new Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technology Center. The grant will fund the purchase of industrial equipment that will used to provide technical training for students.

“This Alcoa Foundation grant will help Stanly Community College educate and train our local workforce with the engineering and manufacturing skills they need to succeed,” said Nicole Wright, Alcoa Foundation Coordinator for APGI. “Alcoa and the Alcoa Foundation strongly support Stanly Community College and believe the new Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technology Center will be incredibly valuable to our community.”

Stanly Community College is a primary provider of workforce training in the region, assisting in attracting new businesses to the area and providing continued training to those currently in the workforce. It launched a capital campaign last year to develop an Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technology Center to enhance its existing workforce development programs.

“Alcoa has been a long-time partner of Stanly Community College, especially in the area of workforce development. We are grateful for its continued support,” said Dr. Brenda Kays, president of Stanly Community College. “This grant will help support our new Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technology Center by providing much needed equipment to help our students learn new skills.”

The Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technology Center will introduce new training programs specifically designed to support local industries. Students can receive degree programs with industry-recognized certifications to provide a clear path to employment. Areas of focus include welding, machinists, and industrial maintenance technicians.

ERI to add 75 new jobs at Badin Business Park

We just received some great news from ERI. They have announced plans to hire 75 more employees at Badin Business Park before the holiday season.

Electronic Recyclers International, the nation’s leading recycler of electronic waste, operates regional recycling centers across the country. The recycling center in Badin, NC opened in 2011 to cover the Southeast US. It is one of the company's fastest-growing locations.

“Our business is growing fast and we continue to expand at each of our locations around the country,” said John Shegerian, ERI’s Chairman and CEO. “Every year around the holidays we see a huge influx of unwanted electronics being discarded to make way for new and incoming gifts. We need more people to handle this surge now and who can develop their careers with us moving forward.”

People interested in applying for a job can submit a resume online at: www.electronicrecyclers.com/about-us/careers.aspx.

A wide range of positions are available, including CRT Dismantler, E-Scrap Sorter, Forklift Operator, Repair Specialists and many other warehouse positions. Click here to read the ERI announcement.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

APGI completes Tuckertown boat ramp improvements

The repairs and improvements to the concrete boat ramp at the Highway 49 Boat Access Area in Stanly County have been completed and Tuckertown Reservoir is once again full.

The new concrete boat ramp at Hwy. 49
Boat Access Area is not complete.
Alcoa Power Generating Inc. temporarily lowered Tuckertown so it could perform the work last week. Lake levels returned to normal on Monday.

“Boaters can now enjoy the new concrete ramp, which has been repaired and extended to make it safer and easier to load or unload boats,” said Karen Baldwin, APGI Natural Resources Manager. “The project was completed on time and lake levels quickly returned to normal.”