GW Plastics is proud to announce the graduation of our second Manufacturing Technology Leadership Program class. Designed for GW employees working full-time, GW selects associates who are motivated and interested in furthering their technical and leadership skills and career development to spend four years studying at Vermont Technical College in nearby Randolph, VT.

GW began this program in 2012 in partnership with Vermont Tech in response to the local and national skilled workforce shortage. Our objective is to offer this program to a select group of talented and motivated associates to support their career path aspirations and the technical needs of our company. This is the second graduating class – the first class graduated in December 2016 – and there are now a total of 9 MTLP graduates

While working full-time at GW, participants enroll in two classes per year at Vermont Tech focused on a manufacturing technology and engineering course curriculum, culminating in a final project during their last semester. The projects are picked based on improvements needed in their areas of responsibility, and are mentored by a GW manager.

Leadership graduates were honored at a ceremony this summer by our senior management and Vermont Tech leaders. During their final presentations, each graduate highlighted the workplace problem they investigated, outlined the data they collected to analyze the problem and what solution they tested or have proposed, along with the financial impact of their solution.

Graduates of the Manufacturing Technology Leadership program earned college credits that can be applied toward an Associate’s Degree in applied science in engineering technology at Vermont Tech. In addition to receiving college credit courses fully funded by GW, we awarded each graduate a bonus after each class and a 10% increase in their base compensation upon program graduation to recognize their commitment to improve their workplace skills.

“The students developed the analytical skills necessary to give them a broader understanding of how they can positively impact our company and their careers – we are bringing in tomorrow’s leaders and giving them the tools they need to truly grow,” says Cathy Tempesta, V.P. of Human Resources. “We are really bringing employees of all different paths, giving them about 75% of the college credits they need for an Associate’s Degree through this program, and then we will continue to help pay for their degree through our tuition assistance program. There is no better reward for our hardworking team members than a program like this.”

“A vital part of the program for GW is the leadership skills each of our associates gained in the process,” says Brenan Riehl, President and CEO. “The partnership with Vermont Tech helps our company become more competitive. Investing in our associates increases their skills, brings new ideas, and increases their productivity. We are very proud of our graduates.”

Congrats to Kevin Locke, Dustin Tabor, and Josh Lucas on their MTLP graduation!