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March 28, 2012

‘Alcoa Tweetup’ To Welcome National Society of Black Engineers

Alcoa Invites Students to Networking Event to learn about Careers and Internship Opportunities

PITTSBURGH--When student members of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) arrive for this week’s convention and career fair at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Alcoa (NYSE:AA) will invite them to “tweet” about their experiences.

The Alcoa Corporate Center on the city’s North Shore will be the venue for the 'Alcoa Tweetup' this Thursday, March 29. Nearly 200 NSBE student members from Alcoa’s 18 Campus Partnership Program schools will partake in interactive exhibits from the Alcoa Innovation Center, a showcase of Alcoa initiatives in sustainability and technology, and learn about careers at Alcoa from several business unit and corporate recruiters.

The students will be encouraged to share their experiences at the Alcoa networking event via their Twitter accounts and throughout the two-day NSBE event.

"At Alcoa, our diversity efforts focus on building on our similarities while leveraging our differences so we can achieve optimal performance," said Gena Lovette, Alcoa Chief Diversity Officer. "We believe in creating an inclusive, high performance environment where all of our employees are challenged to reach their full potential."

Alcoa has created a number of employee networks that support diversity across the company's worldwide operations. These affinity groups include Alcoa Women’s Network, Employees at Alcoa for Gay and Lesbian Equality, and the Alcoa African Heritage Network (AHN).

"Our goal is to connect people through networking and mentoring," said Everick Spence, co-chair of Alcoa's AHN group and plant manager of Alcoa's Kawneer architectural aluminum building and construction products plant in Springdale, Arkansas.

"Alcoa has provided me with many learning opportunities and challenges that have broadened my career development," Spence added. "I joined Alcoa as an engineering superintendent in Alcoa's Global Packaging Division in Tennessee. Now, I am a plant manager in a totally different business – building and construction -- getting another opportunity to learn a new business and expand my capabilities."

The 'Alcoa Tweetup' is just one way Alcoa is involved in the NSBE convention. Representatives from Alcoa’s businesses will conduct onsite interviews at the career fair for full-time and internship openings. Alcoa has also become a member of the NSBE Board of Corporate Affiliates to further enhance the company’s efforts to recruit talented engineers.

About Alcoa

Alcoa 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 61,000 people in 31 countries across the world. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com.