RoyOMartin celebrates a decade of WoodWorks
Louisiana school board representatives, instructors and RoyOMartin officials gathered at the corporation's headquarters in Alexandria to celebrate 10 years of the WoodWorks certificate program.
The program is offered in 15 high schools in Louisiana and four in East Texas. It is a "custom designed curriculum that covers topics such as applied mathematics, industrial safety and employability skills," according to a press release from RoyOMartin. Students also get tours of RoyOMartin manufacturing plants and company workers in safety, maintenance and operations mentor participating students.
Donna Bailey, corporate director of Employee Engagement, helped get the program up and running a decade ago with the goal of having students already familiar with the wood manufacturing process and ready for the workforce.
"Today, 30 percent of production team members at our Oakdale, Louisiana, oriented strand board facility are WoodWorks graduates," Bailey said in the press release.
RoyOMartin also is working with technical colleges, such as SOWELA and Central Louisiana Technical Community College "to update the WoodWorks curriculum to meet the continuously evolving needs of students in the 2017-2018 school year."