SEKISUI Professional Experience Lab

SEKISUI Professional Experience Lab


BLOOMSBURG — In front of packed room at the Greenly Center, Bloomsburg University dedicated its new SEKISUI Professional Experience Lab (PEL) on Thursday afternoon.

Remarks were offered by the Honorable Mary Jane Bowes, chair of the Bloomsburg University Council of Trustees, BU President Bashar Hanna, Ian Moran, president of SEKISUI America, and Ronn Cort, COO and president of SEKISUI SPI. Erik Evans, vice president for advancement at BU, served as the host.

Hanna thanked SEKISUI for its commitment. “On behalf of everyone at BU I want to say thank you to Ian Moran and Ronn Cort for their commitment to support of our students through this exciting new partnership with Bloomsburg University. With this Professional Experience Lab, you are in turn committing to the same priority we have every day: preparing our students for success during and after their years at Bloomsburg.”

Moran offered best wishes on behalf of everyone at SEKISUI. “We are delighted to strengthen our relationship with Bloomsburg University, the town and county,” said Moran. “We are a committed partner with BU and this region.”

Ronn Cort

Cort, who arrived at SEKISUI SPI in 2005, painted the picture of why he wanted to see the company make a huge investment in the lab space.

“When I arrived in 2005, I saw hard-working people who would do anything to get a job done,” said Cort. “As I met faculty members at BU, I soon found students with that same spirit. But the students were leaving the area after graduating. We needed to retain those talented people.”

“When I met with Duane Greenly (namesake of the building) we discussed a collaborative space to benefit BU, SEKISUI and the town. We were considering building something ourselves, but being able to partner with BU has been wonderful,” Cort continued.”

“If you consider BU a thread, SEKISUI a thread and the town a thread, when you wind them together, the thread is stronger together than separately,” said Cort. “We want to see our workers who graduate from BU stay in the area and strengthen all of us.”

The facility, located on the third floor of the Greenly Center includes five individual, soundproof rooms to accommodate individual and group training needs. The PEL will provide BU students and community members an opportunity to practice, record and receive feedback on virtual, and face-to-face communication in preparation for an internship, job interview, sales presentation, competitions and conflict resolution seminars.

Bloomsburg partner employers and the business community can also utilize the PEL for interviewing BU students or for sales training. Those partner employers will also have access to BU’s Alumni and Professional Engagement team to discuss individual student hiring and internship needs.

 

SEKISUI PEL

A new look to Professional U

With the dedication, BU’s relationship with SEKISUI SPI now strengthens beyond internship placement. The new SEKISUI Professional Experience Lab at the Greenly Center in downtown Bloomsburg was unveiled, featuring a list of Professional U benefits to include:

  • five individual, soundproof rooms (in varying sizes and styles) to accommodate individual and group training needs
  • an opportunity to practice, record and receive feedback on virtual, face-to-face communication in preparation for an internship, job interview, sales presentation, competitions and conflict resolution seminars just to name a few
  • a private space to interview with employer partners in person or virtually
  • an innovative hub for career and professional development, as well as the university Alumni Association
  • access to the Alumni and Professional Engagement team to discuss individual student hiring and internship needs
Clayton Newton

An internship with inspiration

Clayton Newton’s local summer marketing internship with SEKISUI SPI was more than just a valuable professional experience, in some ways it was life changing.

“I felt like SEKISUI actually wanted me to work there and that I wasn’t a frivolous intern,” said Newton, a dual international business and marketing major at Bloomsburg University. “Their culture was positive, inviting, capable, and efficient.”

SEKISUI SPI — a Bloomsburg company and global thermoplastics leader headquartered in Japan with brands that service 11 unique industries across five continents — positions itself as a changing manufacturer for the 21st century by challenging how to think, design, and create.

This approach was loud and clear to Newton.

“They wowed me each week with their productivity and ability to get things done,” Newton said. “Every department practiced Kaizen (Japanese for continuous improvement). Each fellow intern told me about some large new project that was going on in their department that would bring them to new efficiencies.”