Putting education to work.

NPT2 puts education to work by developing training that benefits the pulp and paper industry, educators and students.

NPT2 was created to provide the pulp and paper sector of the US forest products industry with a technologically advanced workforce (TAW) by offering exciting and effective education and training. The National Network is an alliance of community colleges, universities, industry partners and the National Science Foundation (NSF) offering a proven program for recruiting, training, placing, and retaining future pulp and paper workers. We accomplish this by providing technical curriculum, continuing education, scholarships and internships. NPT2 scholarships — internships — jobs model succeeds because it addresses the complete cycle of worker training and development, from recruitment of new students to retention of existing workers.

NPT2 acts as a bridge, representing the
interests of each group and developing
programs that benefit everyone.

Our country needs a technical workforce to compete in the global economy.

NPT2 is an Advanced Technology Education (ATE) Center sponsored by the National Science Foundation, which endeavors to strengthen the skills of technicians in the high-technology fields that drive our nation’s economy. With an emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education, ATE Centers have a leadership role and work in partnership with industry, community colleges, universities, and secondary schools to design and carry out model workforce development initiatives. To learn more about the National Science Foundation’s ATE program, visit www.atecenters.org

NPT2 is part of the Technologically Advanced Workforce (TAW) platform supported by the American Forest and Paper Association’s special project group, Agenda 2020, and the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI).


Photographs generously provided by:
Alabama River Cellulose LLC
Alabama Southern Community College
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College