At Air Products we want our Career Development Program (CDP) participants to succeed at all levels. One way we do that is through the CDP Council.
The CDP Council is an all-volunteer group representing the four component groups of the CDP participants: Engineering, MBA, IT, and PhD. They organize events and provide services for the CDP participants.
The mission of the Council is to ease the transition and enhance the experience of CDPs into and within Air Products. They help foster the communication between CDPs and their managers, with HR, and the global CDP program manager. The Council strives to cultivate the professional growth of the CDP community and build a cohesive group through organized networking and development opportunities. In addition, by acting as a liaison for the whole CDP community, the Council aims to act as a conduit for the community to corporate leadership.
The Professional Development committee organizes events aimed at enriching the professional lives of the CDP community through the facilitation of networking, interactive/team building, guest speakers, and training events at Air Products. These include: "Brown Bag Lunches"—presentations by senior management geared towards expanding your professional horizons, Teambuilding Events—an opportunity to bond with fellow CDPs in a non-work environment and work towards a common goal, and External Speaker Events
The Activities committee organizes events where CDP participants volunteer their services to the community. Events that the CDP Council organizes are:
Annual Day of Caring – Annually the CDP Council provides help to a local community organization to maintain and improve their facilities. Recently, the event was held at a local after-school program's facilities in Bethlehem, PA. The team spent the day performing maintenance activities, including cleaning and painting. They even decorated the facility's Christmas tree!
Adopt-a-Highway Program – The CDP Council has adopted a section of highway near the corporate headquarters that they clean four times a year.
Engineering Explorers – This is a program that gives high school students a chance to learn about career opportunities in the engineering and science fields. Classes are held once every two weeks for two hours during the school year.
Saturday Morning on Campus – This is a program to teach kindergarten and first grade students science in a fun and interesting way. Members from the CDP community develop the curriculum and provide hands-on activities to teach the area's smallest scientists!
Additionally, members of the CDP Community participate in activities that are organized by other groups from Air Products. The CDP Council helps to inform the CDP Community of these events such as:
Rock the Night – to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
The March for Babies – supporting the March of Dimes
The United Way Campaign
- Activities with local schools highlighting careers
||The CDP Council Activities committee organizes social activities open to all members of the CDP community. Some of the events are: |
- Ski trips
- Game nights
- Monthly dinners at local restaurants
- Cruise trips
- Poker nights
- CDP sports such as basketball, softball, volleyball, and golf
- Seasonal activities like holiday parties, Musikfest, and Halloween pumpkin picking and decorating
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