Trade school has long struggled to gain recognition as a worthy alternative to four-year college, but the pandemic is changing perceptions, with one-third of Americans now viewing trade school as a more favorable option than college.
We discuss the importance of workforce development initiatives with Carl Pinto Jr., senior director of marketing communications, Bradford White Corp., as well as the state of industry trade shows and what the company is doing to strengthen customer relationships now that we're more than six months into the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thirty students were awarded a total of $55,500 in scholarships funded by the foundation, Gerry Kennedy, Steve and Isabella Schaeffer, Anne Williams, the McGlame-Wordell Scholarship Committee, the PHCC Auxiliary of Texas, the PHCC Auxiliary of Massachusetts and PHCC's Past National Officers; an additional 25 students have received 2020 scholarships thanks to $56,500 in funding provided by several PHCP companies.
This year, the organizations proudly recognized Cory Hoopes of Focus Plumbing in Nevada as the PHCC Plumbing Contractor of the Year, and Ed Zalko, a third-year apprentice with PHCC’s Greater Sacramento Area Plumbing Apprentice Program, as the PHCC Plumbing Apprentice of the Year.
PHCC presented its HVAC Contractor of the Year award to Howard Arata of Nevada’s HTA Plumbing and Mechanical. HVAC Apprentice of the Year was awarded to Nolan Pridgen, a second-year apprentice in the online HVAC apprentice program through PHCC of North Carolina.