October 17, 2011

Alcoa Employees Help Year Up Students Prepare for Job Interviews

Preparation makes all the difference when going on a job interview. That’s why today, 15 Alcoa employees served as career coaches for 15 Year Up students, providing them with feedback on their elevator pitches and interviewing skills at Alcoa’s headquarters in New York City.
Year Up is a one-year training program that provides urban young adults with technical and professional skills, college credits, an educational stipend and corporate internship. Within four months of graduating from Year Up, 84 percent of the young adults are employed or in college full-time. 
Alcoa’s CFO, Global Primary Products, Bill Oplinger, welcomed the students to Alcoa and provided them with encouragement as they embark on their job searches. Vice President of Human Resources, Jack Bergen, gave the students an overview of Alcoa’s recruiting process and tips on how to land their next position.
“Because the competition for jobs is exceptionally tough today, we wanted to help Year Up’s exemplary students differentiate themselves and better prepare for successful interviews,” said Paula Davis, President, Alcoa Foundation.  “Workforce development is one of Alcoa Foundation’s key themes, and partnering with this prestigious organization, which only accepts about 10 percent of its applicants, is a meaningful way we can make a difference here in New York. ” 
This career coaching volunteer event is one of more than 650 service projects taking place across 24 countries throughout October.  Visit Alcoa Foundation’s Facebook page to see pictures and videos of employees, families and friends across the world making a difference in their communities. For more information on Month of Service visit www.alcoa.com/monthofservice.
Summary of 2011 Month of Service:
• More than 50% of employees across the globe will volunteer during Month of Service
• More than 650 events are planned
• More than 7,000 hours of service
• Employees will partner with more than 800 nonprofit organizations and community groups
• More than 45,000 participants, including retirees and members of the community will give back to their communities
• More than 8,500 trees will be planted
Regional Highlights of Alcoa’s 2011 Month of Service:
North America
• In the United States, nearly 8,000 Alcoa employees are planning to tackle more than 200 community service projects. They will prepare meals for the homeless, host blood drives, paint schools, beautify parks, build wheelchair ramps and participate in cause-related walkathons for charities.
• More than 58% of Canada’s workforce will serve meals at a soup kitchen, host food drives and fundraise for the United Way.

• In China, 44% of Alcoans will green the environment by planting 2,000 trees. They will also host a fair for a local home for the elderly and organize an energy efficiency workshop to share more about protecting the environment.
• In Japan, 37% of employees will participate in a blood drive and restore a wooden path at a local forest so that visitors can enjoy the landscape.
• In Australia, more than 2,000 employees will participate in 100 service projects to beautify schools, clean-up parks, host a workshop around mental health, plant trees and raise funds for local charities.
• More than 1,000 employees in Hungary will volunteer to paint and plant flowers at local schools, redesign a garden for people with special needs, host a clothing drive for underserved youth and care for animals at a shelter
• In Italy, 68% of employees will renovate a youth center and beautify a playground and garden at a local school.
• In Spain, 54% of Alcoa employees will conduct CPR training for community sports clubs, prepare meals and play games with people with disabilities, clean-up rivers and restore a community fountain.
• In Russia, more than 3,000 employees will undertake landscaping and beautification projects at schools, clean-up waterways, participate in a concert to honor veterans, collect books for libraries and donate medical equipment for people with special needs.
South America
• In Brazil, more than 3,000 employees will participate in more than 70 service projects including sharing the importance of recycling with students and helping them build recycling bins, planting trees and hosting events for the elderly and youth.
About Alcoa Foundation
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately US$436 million.  Founded more than 50 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than US$530 million since 1952. In 2010, Alcoa Foundation contributed nearly US$20 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, focusing on promoting environmental stewardship, enabling economic and social sustainability, and preparing tomorrow’s leaders through education and learning.  The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa’s thousands of employee volunteers, who in 2010 gave more than 720,000 service hours. Through the company’s signature Month of Service (October) program, Alcoa employees share their energy, passion and purpose to make a difference in our communities. In 2010, a record 49 percent of Alcoans took part in nearly 1,000 Month of Service events across 24 countries, reaching 59,000 children, serving 17,000 meals, planting 16,000 trees and supporting 3,000 nonprofit organizations. For more information about Alcoa Foundation, please access www.alcoa.com/foundation.

About Alcoa
Alcoa (NYSE:AA) is the world’s leading producer of primary and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. In addition to inventing the modern-day aluminum industry, Alcoa innovation has been behind major milestones in the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation, consumer electronics and industrial markets over the past 120 years. Among the solutions Alcoa markets are flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as Alcoa® wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such as titanium and nickel-based super alloys. Sustainability is an integral part of Alcoa’s operating practices and the product design and engineering it provides to customers. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 10 consecutive years and approximately 75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 59,000 people in 31 countries across the world. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com.