Pittsburgh, PA, -  Today, Alcoa Foundation announced a $1.25 million internship program for 500 students in eight countries over the next two years. The program is a community-wide initiative involving several manufacturing companies and will be managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE). The goal is to provide unemployed youth with the experience to start a successful career in manufacturing.

The announcement was made at Alcoa’s 125th anniversary celebration in Pittsburgh, PA, by Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld, who stressed the importance of youth receiving work-related experience and information about post-secondary education and technical training options.

In December 2011, the Alcoa Foundation announced a $200,000 grant to The Manufacturing Institute in honor of Helmut Wieser, who retired as President, Alcoa Global Rolled Products (GRP) in February 2012. Alcoa’s donation will help to deploy the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System at community colleges in California, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Washington to prepare students for advanced manufacturing jobs in the United States.

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