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Georgia-Pacific brings Paid Accountant Apprenticeship program to Atlanta


ATLANTA, Jan. 24, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Individuals of any background or experience level can make a fast career in accounting or as a tax analyst, with a new flexible option in Atlanta, where the Georgia-Pacific (GP) program Apprenticeship is being launched in partnership with WSU Tech.

Students will learn fundamental business and accounting concepts through fully remote WSU Tech courses, while working alongside accountants and tax professionals while earning a technical accounting certificate. Apprentices will have the opportunity to work 20-40 hours per week.


The GP Apprenticeship Program is an expansion of the Koch Apprenticeship Program, which began in early 2022 in Koch’s hometown of Wichita, Kansas. Just like in Wichita, trainees who complete the self-paced program will be considered for full-time employment in personnel accountant or tax analyst roles and reimbursed for the cost of their coursework. The program expansion comes amid a growing need for accounting professionals. More than 300,000 have quit their jobs in the past two years, including both retirees and those still in the workforce, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“We see the potential for this apprenticeship program in Atlanta and across the company,” said Julie Anderson, Georgia Pacific’s senior vice president & chief financial officer. “It exemplifies mutual benefit: helping our companies meet a growing need for finance talent while enabling individuals to more fully realize their career possibilities.”

“Atlanta is an important next step as we seek to expand this unique program to other regions of the country and partner with other large companies to find innovative ways to identify financial talent,” said Richard Dinkel, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Koch Industries Official. “As employers, we must find ways to overcome traditional barriers to employment. This apprenticeship program opens pathways for contribution-motivated individuals, who may lack qualifications or experience, to join our organizations and create value”.

No previous experience is required. Suitable candidates must:

  • Be able to work in the US without sponsorship.
  • Be able to meet the needs of a full-time student and be enrolled in the WSU Tech program, effective summer 2023.
  • Be available to work a minimum of 20 hours per week during the apprenticeship period with the intent of pursuing full-time apprenticeship benefits.

Those interested in participating can find out more and apply here by February 15th.

About Georgia-Pacific

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific and its subsidiaries, they are among the world’s leading manufacturers and distributors of toilet tissue, paper towels and napkins, tableware, paper-based packaging, cellulose, specialty fibers, and home improvement products. ‘building. Our well-known consumer brands include Quilted Northern®, Angel Soft®, Brawny®, Dixie®, enMotion®, Sparkle® and Vanity Fair®. Georgia-Pacific has long been a leading supplier of building products to lumber and building material retailers and large DIY warehouse retailers. Its Georgia-Pacific Recycling subsidiary is among the world’s largest traders of paper, metal and plastics. The company operates more than 150 facilities and employs approximately 30,000 people directly and creates more than 89,000 jobs indirectly. For more information, visit: gp.com/about-us. For news, visit: gp.com/news.

About WSU Tech

WSU Tech is the state’s leader in modern technical education offering over 100 degree and certificate options in aviation, healthcare, manufacturing, design, information technology, law enforcement science, and business. In 2018, WSU Tech was named the second fastest growing college among two-year colleges by The Chronicle of Higher Education. WSU Tech serves as an executive partner of the National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT) in Wichita, KS, and is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a Kansas Board of Regents institution. For more information, visit www.WSUTECH.edu.

SOURCE Georgia-Pacific

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