Procter & Gamble Receives 4C Academy’s 1st Annual Industry Partner of the Year Award

Staff Report From Albany CEO

Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

It was an easy selection for the Commodore Conyer’s College and Career Academy Board when choosing their first annual Industry Partner of the Year, a new award that recognizes the industry/business partner that has made significant contributions to help the 4C Academy advance its mission.  “We are so fortunate to have such strong support from all of our business community,” says Chris Hatcher, CEO of the 4C Academy, “But as we began putting this award together, Procter and Gamble was the clear choice for our 1st annual award.”

When discussing the selection of Procter & Gamble, Hatcher shares, “Procter and Gamble has been involved with us from the very start.  They are incredibly supportive of area robotics and STEM programs and have made significant investments by sponsoring area robotics teams and enabling high schools to field teams and compete.  These sponsorships, however, are just the beginning,”

“P&G developed an internship program with 4C students in Albany Tech’s Industrial Operations Technician program where students worked alongside P&G employees learning about the business and careers in manufacturing.  What an amazing opportunity.”  Hatcher continues, “It is extremely powerful for high school students to have the opportunity to interact with a plant manager, engineers and technicians from one of the world’s largest and most respected companies.  It is hugely impactful for our students and we can’t thank Procter and Gamble enough.”

Werhner Washington, Plant Manager, shared his passion for education in accepting the award, “We have been excited about the 4C Academy from the beginning and have been proud to partner.  The fact that our business community, our regional school systems and our post-secondary institutions can come together at the 4C Academy with the sole mission to prepare young students for their futures is a huge asset for this community.  We look forward to continuing our partnership with the 4C Academy and I am honored to accept this award on behalf of the entire P&G team.”

The award was presented at the June 12, 2019 board meeting of the Commodore Conyers College and Career Academy.