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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Students visit Hallmark for Classroom-to-Career

  • Forty local high school students spent part of the school day Tuesday at the Leavenworth Hallmark Cards plant.
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  • Forty local high school students spent part of the school day Tuesday at the Leavenworth Hallmark Cards plant.
    They took the field trip as part of the Classroom-to-Career program sponsored by the Leavenworth County Development Corporation.
    LCDC offers a Classroom-to-Career event twice a year, in the fall and spring. Mary Mack, administrative assistant for LCDC, said the program exposes students to different industries. Past events have been hosted at the local VA hospital, the Justice Center and a Leavenworth manufacturing company.
    Tuesday's program was attended by students from Leavenworth, Immaculata, Pleasant Ridge, Basehor-Linwood and Tonganoxie high schools.
    Leavenworth High School student Joshua Alexander said he was offered the chance to attend the Classroom-to-Career Day because he's a member of an entrepreneurship class.
    "I thought it would be a cool experience," he said.
    Hallmark personnel briefed attendees about the plant's operations as well as career options available at the facility. The high school students also toured the plant.
    Tony Prohaska, plant manager of the Hallmark's facility in Leavenworth, reviewed the type of products made at the center.
    "We're not a greeting card plant," he told a group of Leavenworth High school students.
    He said greeting cards are made in Lawrence.
    Prohaska said the Leavenworth facility, which has 263 employees, produces children's party products such as plates, cups and napkins as well as stickers, ribbons and bows.
    He said just about any Christmas wrapping paper people purchase this year at Walgreens stores will have been made at the Leavenworth facility. He said the center is making the wrapping paper under the Hallmark name as well as the store's brand.
    "We're excited about that," he said.
    He said the plant uses several printing processes.
    He said career options at the plant include management, engineers, equipment maintenance, scheduling and logistics.

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