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Alcoa Selects Clarkson University As A Focus School

Alcoa executives Philip L. Collins, vice president and general manager of the Wire Rod and Bar Division of Alcoa Engineered Products, Michael L. Cooper, director of public affairs, and Andrew R. Patton, human resources manager, recently visited the Clarkson University campus to announce that the school has been selected as one of 33 "focus schools" nationwide. This list of schools also includes such universities as Harvard, MIT, Michigan, Cornell and Purdue. As a focus school, Clarkson will be one of the academic centers for recruiting talented graduates for careers with the company.

Some of Clarkson's other benefits as a focus school include visits by company representatives to speak to students, the possibility of Alcoa site tours by interested Clarkson students, continued scholarship support, research possibilities, and other forms of financial support.

This year alone, Clarkson has received gifts from the Alcoa Foundation totaling over $50,000. These contributions have supported student scholarships, Native American programs, and minority student activities on the Clarkson campus.

Clarkson is honored by its recognition as an Alcoa focus school, said Clarkson University President Denny Brown. "It's another indication of the world-class educational experience which our students take part in. I'm confident that our students will live up to the high standards expected of them by Alcoa."

A large number of Clarkson University alumni are employed at Alcoa plants nationwide. The performance and success of these graduates played a major role in Clarkson's selection as a focus school.

Alcoa, the world's leading producer of aluminum and alumina, serves customers in the packaging, automotive, aerospace, construction and other markets with a variety of fabricated and finished products. Alcoa has 178 operating locations in 28 countries. Alcoa's Massena Operations serves as headquarters for the company's wire, rod and bar division, and is the oldest continuously operating aluminum production and fabricating facility in the western hemisphere, with 1,350 employees.

Clarkson University is an independent institution located in northern New York, in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. The University has 2,745 graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in its schools of Business, Engineering, Liberal Arts and Science.

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