Rhein Chemie Corporation reaches out to local high schools – Encourages rubber chemistry as possible career path
Thursday, 19. October 2006 Rhein Chemie Corporation sponsored an event, “Opportunities in Rubber”, for area high school students at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, OH on September 28, 2006, to introduce career opportunities in rubber chemistry. Students in attendance were selected by their teachers based on interest and academic performance in chemistry.
Rhein Chemie Corporation sponsored an event, “Opportunities in Rubber”, for area high school students at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, OH on September 28, 2006, to introduce career opportunities in rubber chemistry. Students in attendance were selected by their teachers based on interest and academic performance in chemistry.
Representatives from Rhein Chemie and The University of Akron College of Polymer Engineering (Akron, OH) spoke to the students about the vast career opportunities in the rubber industry and the need to recruit educated, new talent into the industry to replenish the majority of the workforce quickly approaching retirement. The impending retirement of many rubber professionals in the next several years makes it critical to find ways to fill the technical needs of the industry. “The average age of the workforce today in the rubber industry is in the late fifties. Helping to draw young people into education paths that can lead to rubber careers can assure that the rubber industry has the creative minds to continue to bring innovation and growth. Rhein Chemie is committed to sponsoring and supporting programs designed to introduce rubber chemistry to our youth”, says Scott Legleu, National Sales Manager of Rhein Chemie Corporation.
Bob Seiple, Manager of the Applied Polymer Research Center, from The University of Akron College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering represented the university at the event. He indicated that students can enter the University of Akron in several key disciplines such as Chemistry, Physics or Engineering with coursework dedicated to polymers. After receiving an undergraduate degree, students can apply for the Masters or Ph.D. programs in Polymer Science or Polymer Engineering. “The program is world class, and in many cases, costs for study and living expenses are paid through assistantships and fellowships. We thoroughly support this program by Rhein Chemie and will assist them in any way we can to enhance their recruiting efforts” says Seiple.
Timothy Higgins, Applications Technologist at Rhein Chemie and Ferris State University alumni presented his own experience on selecting a career path and why he decided the rubber industry was the right direction for him. “When I was faced with making a decision about my career, I was presented a unique perspective on the rubber industry. I now know how lucky I was to have been exposed to the possibilities in rubber at a young age. Since entering the industry I have been granted endless opportunities.” Jon Rice, chemistry teacher at West Geauga High School (Chesterland, OH), one of six Cleveland area high schools represented at the “Opportunities in Rubber” event says “I was thrilled that West Geauga students had the opportunity to learn more about careers in rubber chemistry. It was very beneficial for our students to be able to interact with professionals and to learn more about the education programs and careers available in the rubber industry.”
In addition to the event on September 28, Rhein Chemie Corporation continues to support the Plastics & Rubber School at Ferris State University (Big Rapids, MI) with financial and chemical-material donations. Since 2003, Rhein Chemie has donated pre-dispersed chemicals for their laboratories, developed an independent study program, sponsored the student rubber group, and awarded annual scholarships to students meeting academic and financial criteria. Rhein Chemie will award four annual scholarships to four deserving students during the Rubber Division, ACS Mini-Rubber Expo in Cincinnati, Ohio on October 10-12, 2006.
About Rhein Chemie
Rhein Chemie is a company that has been successfully providing the chemical industry with tailor-made additives and service products for more than 100 years. Approximately 1,000 Rhein Chemie employees produce and sell products worldwide to many segments of the rubber, lubricant, plastics and polyurethane industries. About 550 employees work at the head office in Mannheim-Rheinau. The company has subsidiaries and production facilities in Europe, Asia and North and South America. Rhein Chemie is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the LANXESS Group, Leverkusen.
Chardon, 19. October 2006
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