Alcoa Foundation on Monday announced a $1.25 million internship program for unemployed youth in eight countries as part of Alcoa Inc.'s 125th anniversary kickoff event at the company's North Shore corporate center.
Catalyst Connection, a Pittsburgh nonprofit that helps manufacturers, will receive $125,000 under the program. It and other nonprofits will work with Alcoa at locations worldwide to arrange volunteers to mentor interns and share manufacturing expertise.
Alcoa, founded in Pittsburgh in 1888, employs about 2,000 at its North Shore Corporate Center, the Alcoa Technical Center in Upper Burrell and at Traco Co., a window manufacturer in Cranberry.
“To educate and train young people well is fundamental for allowing them to create their own future,” Kleinfeld said at the event, attended by hundreds of employees, descendents of Alcoa's founders and local politicians.
Alcoa executives in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Jamaica, Spain, and the United Kingdom will select other nonprofit organizations with job readiness programs, who will place students in internships with local manufacturers