As a society is good to a company, a company in turn should be good to its society. That’s some pretty deep stuff right there. But it’s true. A company is successful because of the community it operates in. People within this community create an ecosystem, which produces an environment that is conducive for success. The individuals may be buying from the company or telling others within the community to buy from the company in order to show support. Without the society, the companies would be nothing. Because of the success companies achieve, it is their job to give back to the society in order for that ecosystem to continue to grow.
For 3 years now McIntosh has been volunteering in a program called P-Tech. P-Tech is a program that is linked with ITC high school in the city of Syracuse. Being technology focused, this program looks to better the skills of incoming freshman and sophomores at ITC. The program allows for the students in the two grade levels to better their skills in the technology and engineering field. They go through different exercises throughout the various weeks in the program that help them get prepared for what’s next to come. The students learn basic engineering principles with a task as simple as building a support system that can hold a certain number of pennies only out of straws, tape and string. But field specific skills aren’t all the students learn. They get real world experience as well. As a freshman these students create a resume that is critiqued and they practice interview questions with the volunteers. They are getting the base they need in order to be successful after school.
When the program is finished, the students can take a test and if they pass the tests they are able to take college level classes through OCC, which will allow for the students to graduate high school with an associate’s degree. And if the students do not pass the tests, they are put in line with a certain trade program where their certain set of skills will be put to good use. This program gives students in an inner city the opportunity to be successful, an opportunity that not many inner city kids get. Because of this program, the society within Syracuse is elevated. Individuals are laying the groundwork of success for these students who in a few years will be an important member within society. Giving back is essential.
McIntosh Box and Pallet realize that giving back to the community that has supports them is crucial. Shane Stockhauser and Dan Figueroa have been volunteering in this program for 3 years now. Taking their industry knowledge and helping those within the P-Tech program succeed. Every year the two of them seem more and more excited to go to ITC in order to help the young and aspiring students on their quest to knowledge. And who knows, maybe some of these students will end up working for McIntosh Box and Pallet one day, taking their knowledge and helping to better McIntosh as a company. Proof that McIntosh is operating within an ecosystem that prides itself on community success.