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York County Educators Learn About Domtar Careers

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Once again, we have partnered with South Carolina’s York School District 1 to familiarize educators with our company, our industry and career opportunities. The goal is for them to share information about Domtar careers with their students.

During the four-day externship, two educators from York County school district toured our corporate office in Fort Mill, our Marlboro pulp and paper mill in Bennettsville and our converting plant in Rock Hill. Educators had the opportunity to talk with Domtar employees about their jobs and career paths. The experience will help them introduce these Domtar careers to their students.

From left to right: Kimberly Howell Northwestern High guidance counselor, Jill Torrence, Pleasant Knoll Middle teacher, Kevin Bennett, Domtar Rock Hill press operator, and Michelle Osborne, Domtar Rock Hill administrative coordinator.

Domtar Careers: More Than a Job

“It was interesting to see how so many different careers go into making one business function,” says Kimberly Howell, Northwestern High School guidance counselor. “From legal, finance, customer service and engineering, there are so many career paths someone could take at Domtar, and as a high school guidance counselor it was informative to see the broad range of possibilities here.”

Michelle Osborne, administrative coordinator at our Rock Hill converting site, helped facilitate the tour at the plant. “I think it is important for young students to know that there are a lot of technical jobs available to them right out of high school that have quality career paths,” she says. “Sometimes there is a misconception that manufacturing jobs don’t lead to growing careers, and that is simply not true, especially here.”

Jill Torrence, who teaches seventh grade at Pleasant Knoll Middle School, shared what she’ll take back to her students. “My biggest takeaway from this tour is that Domtar employees really think of each other as family, and that is important to note,” says Torrence. “My students could really benefit from understanding that forming professional relationships and soft skills matter. I kept hearing that theme over and over again at all the locations. Education and training are both necessary to hold a job, but the way you present yourself and the interactions you have with people will help grow a job into a career.”

We work hard to develop community education opportunities that will inspire the next generation of manufacturers and foresters. In addition to teaching educators about Domtar careers, we host Manufacturing Day programs, internships, student tours and more.

To learn more about Domtar careers, please visit our Careers Page.