Argenta is built upon talented and driven people and we want to make sure that the future generation gets well-prepared so they can confidently join the workforce after their graduation.
Good education is crucial, but sometimes it is a challenge for schools to keep up with all the available technologies and tools. When one of our team members interviewed a candidate from Loras College, he indicated that he lacked high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)* experience since the school didn’t have an HPLC instrument. We got in touch with the school’s management to inquire what important equipment they lacked and to see how we could help.
We were able to donate two HPLCs and an atomic absorption spectrophotometer^ that were no longer in use at our site in Fort Dodge, Iowa, USA. Four professors slipped out of their classes to welcome our team and move the equipment into their labs.
Our contribution to the education of future chemists also ensures well-trained candidates for future openings we may have. Argenta’s partnership with Loras College has led to the employment of several alumni in the past and we hope to continue to provide opportunities for the younger generation moving forward.
Michael Landwehr, Head of Quality at our location in Fort Dodge, delivered the equipment. He said, “It feels great to be a part of a company that is willing to help out future chemists. It makes me very proud.”
* High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) is a technique in analytical chemistry used to separate, identify, and quantify each component in a mixture. It relies on pumps to pass a pressurised liquid solvent containing the sample mixture through a column filled with a solid adsorbent material.
^ Atomic absorption spectroscopy and atomic emission spectroscopy is a spectro-analytical procedure for the quantitative determination of chemical elements using the absorption of optical radiation by free atoms in the gaseous state. Atomic absorption spectroscopy is based on absorption of light by free metallic ions.