October 4, 2013


Alcoa Tennessee Operations and Alcoa Foundation Launch New Workforce Development Initiative in recognition of Manufacturing Day

Alcoa Tennessee Operations and Alcoa Foundation recently launched a partnership with Pellissippi State Community College Foundation for an Industrial Maintenance Scholarship program with the goal to help fund at least 20 students seeking a degree in Industrial Maintenance Technology. The Foundation is supporting the initiative through a $50,000 grant.


“Through the Alcoa Foundation, we are proud to support this workforce development program with Pellissippi State which will help train the next generation of manufacturing talent, equipping them with the skills they need for today’s technology-driven industry,” said Ken McMillen, Alcoa Tennessee Operations Location Manager. “By announcing this initiative on Manufacturing Day, we are helping raise awareness of manufacturing’s value to the U.S. economy and of career opportunities in the industry.”  


“We are honored to have a long history of partnership with Alcoa Tennessee Operations and the Alcoa Foundation,” said Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr. “We expect this grant to directly benefit our Industrial Maintenance students through August 2015 by affording them the opportunity to receive the necessary training to become experienced—and much needed—maintenance personnel.”


Pellissippi State, the Pellissippi State Foundation, Alcoa Tennessee Operations and the Alcoa Foundation have collaborated since the inception of the College. The partnership has included training programs for Alcoa employees, programmatic and curriculum recommendations for Pellissippi State’s academic programs, as well as donations. Previous gifts have been used for scholarships and to purchase equipment critical to the training of the next generation of manufacturing employees.


In addition to this initiative, Alcoa Foundation launched 16 workforce development and workforce readiness programs across 13 states today. The goals of the programs range from empowering students to secure the critical skills necessary to obtain self-sufficiency through the completion of a degree to helping employers attract skilled talent and ensure their workforce increases the company's productivity and performance. The programs are launched in Arkansas, California, Illinois, Indiana, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.


Manufacturing Day is an annual event organized by the Manufacturing Institute that invites companies across the country to help educate the public on the importance of manufacturing to US jobs and economic development. For more information: www.mfgday.com


Pellissippi State Community College serves Knox and Blount counties, offering associate’s degrees, certificate programs, non-credit courses and learning support instruction. The associate’s degrees prepare students to enter the workforce after graduation or to transfer to a four-year institution.


The Pellissippi State Foundation exists to develop friends and funds for support of the educational, cultural and service goals of Pellissippi State Community college.  The Foundation assists the entire College in promoting excellence for this institution by securing financial support for special educational and cultural activities that are in addition to the ongoing operational expenses of the College.


About Alcoa Tennessee Operations
Alcoa’s Tennessee Operations is the world’s largest producer of rolled aluminum can sheet for beverage cans and is based in Blount County, Tennessee. Locally, it employs more than 1,000 at its fabrication plants in Blount County and its downtown Knoxville office.

About Alcoa Foundation
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately $460 million. Founded 60 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than $570 million since 1952. In 2012, Alcoa Foundation contributed more than $21 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 Alcoa’s thousands of employee volunteers who share their talents and time to make a difference in the communities where Alcoa operates. Through the Company’s signature Month of Service program, in 2012, a record 60 percent of Alcoa employees took part in more than 1,050 events across 24 countries, benefiting more than 450,000 people and 2,050 nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit alcoafoundation.comand follow @AlcoaFoundation on Twitter.