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The bi-weekly, email newsletter with the information you need   March 5, 2012 • Vol. 10, Issue 4
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IoPP's new online learning platform is here!
Answering the growing demand for education on your own time, at your own pace, and from wherever you are, IoPP is launching its first series of educational programs via the Internet. Starting now, IoPP is introducing the convenience of web-based learning options. Developed in cooperation and funded by Kraft, General Mills, Clorox and Ecolab, the E-Learning platform creates and offers downloadable-on-demand training content through the IoPP Packaging Learning Center. IoPP's first E-Learning offering will be its signature seminar, Fundamentals of Packaging Technology. You now have instant access to the Fundamentals curriculum without having to travel to take classes! Online Fundamentals is available 24/7. It entails 42 prerecorded modules and more than 25 hours of content closely resembling IoPP's popular in-person Fundamentals course.
For details about IoPP's E-Learning program, click here 

Lates IoPP Professional Perspective now available
The March edition of IoPP's Packaging World magazine Professional Perspective, is focused on networking. The article, titled "Networking can help you do more with less," and written by Brian Stepowany CPP, Packaging Development Manager, Bumble Bee Foods, addresses the importance of connecting with your peers through organizations such as IoPP. Networking via associations can keep you abreast of new packaging innovations and just may help you land a new, more lucrative position.
To read article, click here

IoPP webinar focused on package testing
IoPP's next webinar, Non-Destructive Package Testing: Driving Sustainable Operations, presented by Oliver Stauffer, Vice President, Inspection Technologies, PTI Inspection Systems, is taking place March 29, 2012, online from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m CST. This is an excellent opportunity for quality assurance professionals to learn about package-inspection technologies and options for non-destructive testing, and to understand the benefits of implementing a non-destructive inspection method. The presentation will focus on cost, test methods (subjectivity vs. hard data), sampling and market trends in the pharmaceutical, bio-pharmaceutical, medical device and food industries. Registration is FREE to IoPP members, $99 for non-members.
For details and registration, click here

IoPP Packaging Education Scholarship Fund submissions due March 19!
The Institute of Packaging Professionals is pleased to offer four $2,500 academic scholarships for 2012-2013 to recognize exceptional college students headed for a career in packaging. Do you know of any students pursuing a career in packaging that would benefit from this excellent opportunity? The scholarships have been created to support packaging education and to raise awareness of packaging as a career choice. As an added bonus, the top talent identified through this program will be shared with IoPP Benefactor companies as a recruiting tool for their organizations. This could be that post-graduation foot in the door that jump-starts packaging careers! Applications are due soon - deadline for submissions is March 19. 
For scholarship details and submission information, click here 

Packaging Machinery: Basics course taking place March 26-28  
If you're either a recent college graduate new to packaging, who hasn't worked with packaging machinery, or a packaging professional who needs a quick primer or refresher on machinery, IoPP's "Packaging Machinery: Basics" course is designed for you. The course requires just 2.5 days of your time, and it's taught by a veteran, certified instructor. "Packaging Machinery: Basics" will be offered March 26-28 (and again October 8-10). The course is held in the Chicago area at Frain Industries, in a facility where you can observe demonstrations on real machines
For "Packaging Machinery:Basics" schedule and registration, click here

Accelerate Your Packaging Projects at TexasPack
Visit TexasPack, March 14-16, 2012 at the Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth, TX, the comprehensive resource for packaging professionals. TexasPack offers the ideal opportunity to meet face-to-face with leading suppliers, experience the newest technologies and equipment, and compare solutions side-by-side… all in one convenient location. See the latest in containers, contract services, custom automation technology, machinery and machinery components, materials, robotics, software, and more. Visit the special focus areas: Contract Packaging; Heath and Beauty Packaging, Supply Chain; and Pharmaceutical, Medical, and Nutraceutical Packaging.
For details and registration, click here

Upcoming events

March 6- 8
HealthPack, Albuquerque, NM.
Click here for more information.  

March 7
Minnesota Chapter Event: Stratasys, Inc. - Rapid Prototyping Technology, Eden Prairie, MN.
Click here for more information. Contact: Ann Kvaal, e-mail ioppmn@comcast.net.

March 14-15
TexasPack, Fort Worth, TX.
Click here for more information.

March 15
Heart of America Chapter tour: Boulevard Brewing Company, Kansas City, MO.
Click here for more information. Contact: Tres Wood, e-mail tres.wood@gmail.com.

March 22
Central Indiana Chapter tour: Welch Packaging, Indianapolis, IN.
Click here for more information.

March 26-28
Packaging Machinery: Basics, Franklin Park, IL.
Click here for more information. Contact Barb Dykes, e-mail bdykes@iopp.org.

March 27
Wisconsin Chapter Speaker Event: Package Printing, Milwaukee, WI.
Click here for more information. Contact: Jeff Corbat, e-Mail jcorbat@yahoo.com.

March 29
IoPP Webinar: Non-Destructive Package Testing: Driving Sustainable Operations, Online.
Click here for more information. Contact: Jim George, e-mail jimg@iopp.org.

March 29
27th Annual Student Packaging Jamboree, hosted by RIT, Rochester, NY.
Click here for more information. Contact Andrea Steen, e-mail als3245@rit.edu.

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