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The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) is proud to announce that the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) has selected ACCA as an ASAE Power of A Silver Award recipient for its Workforce Development Initiative.
Technology within the HVACR industry is constantly evolving, and technicians need to have the proper skills in order to attend to the needs of their customers. ACCA joined President Trump and his administration on July 25, 2019, for the one-year anniversary of the Pledge to America's Workers, and on behalf of its members, ACCA pledged to create 75,000 opportunities over the next five years for American students and workers, whether through apprenticeship and work-based learning, continuing education, on-the-job, training, and re-skilling. For the HVACR industry to thrive, it must both attract new talent and help those already in the field to advance their education.
The Power of A was founded in 2009 as a campaign to educate the presidential administration and Congress about the influence that associations have over policymaking and other aspects of society. ASAE's Power of Service Awards, the industry's highest honor, recognizes the association community's most valuable contributions on the local, national, and global levels. In the long run, the Power of A aims to recognize those associations and industry professionals who contribute to the workforce, economy, and greater community. While there are 64,000 trade and professional associations in the United States, ACCA goes above and beyond to differentiate itself from other organizations by offering its members tools and resources to help fill jobs in the trades, due to retirement, and anticipated growth in the industry — 115,000 people will be needed by 2022 to fill HVACR workforce opportunities.
"Congratulations to ACCA on being named among the very best organizations that go above and beyond their tax-exempt purpose to improve society and our quality of life in America and abroad," said ASAE President and CEO Susan Robertson, CAE. "This has been a very trying year for associations, but even amid a months-long pandemic, associations are proving that positive change can happen. More than ever, the Power of Associations is on full display in this year's award-winning programs, providing tangible evidence that associations will help lead the way toward economic and societal recovery in the months ahead."
"We are honored to have received this prestigious award," said Barton James, ACCA president and CEO. "ACCA works tirelessly on behalf of its members to make sure we are constantly innovating and providing the necessary resources that our ever-changing industry requires. ACCA is at the forefront of workforce development, and this initiative helps to secure the future of HVACR and to keep millions of Americans safe, healthy, and comfortable."