The International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF) has announced that students in the Graphic Communications Management (GCM) Program at Appalachian State University will be using new equipment this Fall. The new Kongsberg X Edge 24 prototyping table replaces equipment previously awarded to GCM by ICPF in 2009, when GCM first developed packaging curricula in the school.

“ICPF was thrilled to provide placement of this machine at Appalachian State University,” said ICPF President Caitlin Salaverria. “This donation will allow GCM to support and grow their corrugated packaging curricula and expand hands-on learning opportunities for students to prepare them for future careers in the packaging industry.”

Salaverria acknowledged the partnership between GCM Program Faculty Dr. George Glisan, Professor and Program Coordinator and Mandy Wu, Associate Professor and advisory Board member Bettylyn Krafft of the Phoenix Challenge Foundation that helped make the donation happen.

“As an industry sponsored foundation, ICPF has worked for the last 30 years to advance student and faculty knowledge of the industry and to promote development of a highly trained workforce. We’ve provided over $13 million in donations of equipment and grants to universities and look forward to expanding our efforts over the coming years,” Salaverria said.

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