Cerritos College News Releases -- September 2004

Western Plastics Pioneers Association Makes Contribution to Cerritos College Plastics Recycling Education

For Immediate Release: September 7, 2004

Media Contact: Kristen Habbestad, Public Affairs; (562) 860-2451, ext. 2287,khabbestad@cerritos.edu 

NORWALK, CA – September 7, 2004 – The Cerritos College Plastics Department recently received another major donation to support its mobile recycling demonstration trailer.

Joe LaFountain and Terry PriceAt its 2004 annual members’ meeting this summer in Newport Beach, California, the Western Plastics Pioneers Association (WPPA) presented the Cerritos College Plastics Department Chairman Terry Price with a contribution for continued support of the recycling trailer, dubbed “a very unique plastics education tool.” WPPA President Joe LaFountain presented Price with a $3,000 check supporting the Cerritos College program.

“The contribution will go towards up-grading of equipment to the recycling trailer—a 20-foot classroom on wheels,” said Terry Price, chair of Cerritos College's manufacturing technology department. 

Price said he and his colleagues have used the trailer for a few years, and WPPA has been a major stakeholder from the beginning. The Cerritos College manufacturing technology department provides the largest public training in California, with recently expanded technical training capability. a crowd of people around a recycling traler

WPPA’s donation, along with previous funds raised by matching a grant totaling $100,000, will allow an upgrade to the trailer’s plastic processing equipment, providing more functionality for the mobile unit. Once the trailer’s renovation is complete, it will be available to make scheduled visits to local K-12 schools, city chamber of commerce events, trade shows and local area business and industries to educate about plastics, their applications and the benefits of plastic recycling.

“More importantly, we will be able to expand the public’s knowledge and awareness of career opportunities in plastics manufacturing,” Price added.

For more information about how to participate and support the Cerritos College’s Educational Recycling Project, call (562) 860-2451, ext. 2927. Additional information can also be found by visiting www.cerritos.edu/ctc or www.mfgskills.com.

For nearly 50 years, Cerritos College has served as a comprehensive community college for southeastern Los Angeles County communities including Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, La Mirada and Norwalk. The college offers degrees and certificates in more than 180 areas of study in nine divisions. Annually, more than 1,200 students successfully complete their course of studies, and enrollment currently surpasses 24,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online at www.cerritos.edu