PULP & PAPER TECHNOLOGY CELEBRATES HCC'S
|Dr. Bindu Dhasmana, far left, department
head of Pulp and Paper Technology at Halifax Community
College, led a Technical Association of Pulp and Paper
Industry (TAPPI) VA-CA conference in Raleigh last spring.
Students in the program also have the opportunity to attend
TAPPI national and international conferences.
Established in 1998, the Pulp and Paper
Technology curriculum at Halifax Community College (HCC) is designed
to prepare individuals with a certificate, diploma or associate
degree in science for careers in pulp and paper manufacturing and
related industries. Traditional, online and hybrid classes are
designed to accommodate full-time workers or shift workers.
Department Head Dr. Bindu Dhasmana says that opportunities after
graduation are excellent. Graduates typically average a starting
salary from $38,000-50,000 per year. Overall job placement is 99.9%
for the program.
Expressing gratitude to the local paper company in Roanoke
Rapids, Dhasmana said, "The local mill is always there to help us.
All we have had to do is call."
Co-op students in the Pulp and Paper Technology program generally
spend their summer working at the local mill le arning first-hand
about paper mill processing and mill maintenance. The on-site paid
training experience is an invaluable, unique opportunity.
Some of the top reasons to enroll in the program, according to
Dhasmana, are a high starting salary range; the ability to transfer
to a four-year program; the convenience of remaining in town while
earning a degree; opportunities to visit different universities and
paper mills and earn merit-based scholarships through the Paper
Science and Engineering Foundation; chances to assist in research;
and, entry into an indoor/outdoor, rewarding field of study.
Anyone interested in learning more about the program should
contact Dr. Dhasmana at (252) 536-6397 for more details. The
department celebrates the college's anniversary this week, Aug.