April 30, 2018 – Washington, D.C. – Every three years, the global plastics industry gathers at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. for NPE – the premier plastics industry tradeshow that offers industry professionals a week of learning, networking, buying and selling. On May 11, the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) – producers of NPE2018: The Plastics Show – will again open its 1.2 million square foot trade show floor to more than 120 local Orange County Public School students to provide them with the opportunity to learn about the plastics industry.
“It is critical that we expose kids to see plastics in action, while also showcasing the different types of jobs available,” said PLASTICS President and CEO William R. Carteaux. “The perception is that our industry is comprised of engineers, but the reality is that there are career paths for people with many different interests and skills.”
“This is an incredible chance for students to see a variety of career pathways that could lead them to the job of their dreams in an industry that could show them the world along the way,” said Associate Superintendent, Career and Technical Education at Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) Michael Armbruster, Ed.D. “The possibilities are endless for students who have an interest in unlimited opportunities.”
The attending students are all enrolled in the NAF Academy of Engineering at their respective schools: Edgewater High School, Dr. Philips High School and Timber Creek High School.
“In these academies, students learn the principles of engineering as well as gain critical career knowledge through work-based learning activities such as this visit to the NPE2018: The Plastics Show,” said OCPS District Coordinator, NAF, Career and Technical Education Shannon Latimer. “NPE shows how education and business communities working together impact students and the future of industries. This is what NAF and CTE – Career and Technical Education – are all about: bringing education, community and business leaders together to change lives through education.”
Students will participate in a half-day event in which they will have the opportunity to see up-close the machines that make plastics and meet the people whose jobs are to make plastics meet the needs of today’s consumers – from salespeople and engineers to product regulatory, sustainability and communications professionals. Exhibitors have offered to host students at their booths for a brief overview of their companies and the types of jobs they offer. Students will also hear from professionals about their career paths.
The student tour will be held on the closing day of NPE, giving students a glimpse into the hard work that goes into creating plastics, a material made by nearly one million workers who foster a better industry and a better world.