Q: What did you notice about the GAF co-op that really stood out to you or made an impact?
I observed how GAF invests in their co-ops: from the multiple trainings we receive at the plant to flying all co-ops to Dallas Corporate for their final presentations, getting to meet senior leadership- it’s a much more personal business. You don’t see that at very many places. At my final presentation, I was able to meet the Sr. VP’s of operations. The projects were very impactful and meaningful. I was able to make an impact on not just engineering, but also on aspects of safety and quality. I had a chance to solve real business problems. Co-ops are treated as a valuable member of the team. A major benefit of this program is that we don’t just throw students out into projects as a test where some may fail; instead, we want to see them succeed and become a member of the Company. Managers set achievable goals and help students get acclimated to the manufacturing setting.