The Training Academy Certificate Program's 100th Graduate
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100th Graduate Announced!

Congratulations to Debbie Davidson of Emerald Performance Materials!

Hi – I am Debbie Davidson, the 100th Graduate of the TAC program. This is the second thing I ever won in my life. The first was a set of spurs!

I have been using adhesives all my life, but my first exposure to formulation, application and testing began in 2012, when I started working as a K-FLEX applications technician at Emerald Performance Materials. I have worked at the Kalama plant for over 25 years starting when my oldest daughter was 2 years old. Until Emerald opened the new applications laboratory, I hadn’t given much thought to adhesive science. I trusted products to perform as advertised. Testing the performance of adhesives and sealants has given me a new perspective as a consumer of construction materials, and caused me to become a life-long learner. I was excited to add understanding how adhesive systems work to my repertoire, to increase my value to the company.

My husband and I recently purchased an old (1922) farm house on the outskirts of civilization. It is partially remodeled and always seems in need of some repair. It is handy to have a little extra knowledge of construction materials when the unexpected happens.

Together we have 7 adult children and 5 grandchildren. Our animal menagerie consists of one dog, two horses, three beef cows, and eleven barn cats (anybody want a kitten?). We are currently building the barn. I enjoy the semi-retirement of part-time work, along with ‘pretend’ farming.

Thank you to the ASC for their Training Academy Program. I wanted to sign up as soon as I saw it. It was definitely worth my time and I hope that they continue to offer the program (maybe even advanced?) for many years to come.
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