Focus Flash Newsletter – April 2020 Issue

April 10, 2020
By Staff Writer, PHCC Educational Foundation


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Apprentices at CONNECT

In this issue – One place for tools and resources you need to guide you through what’s happening in our industry and apprentice training in times of social distancing.

Keep safe and tap the resources available to you – we will get through this together!

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No Cost COVID-19 Resources From the PHCC Foundation & Association   

As we all try to adapt to the new realities of today, remember that we have a toolbox of resources to help guide you.


PHCC COVID-19 Resource Center
The PHCC–National Association has created a single webpage to house a growing list of tools, guides and resources to help contractors navigate through the pandemic and economic crises. The center includes two COVID-19 training courses from the Foundation. New information is being added continuously to explain the evolving Federal response programs and provide other guidance.
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“Survive and Thrive in Times of Crises” – Weekly Live Discussions with Kirk Alter
Survive and Thrive ScreenshotEvery Thursday evening through June 4th, the Foundation and Kirk Alter are hosting a live online discussion group with PHCC contractors and other industry representatives. The discussions are focused on helping contractors deal with the immediate issues they are facing and prepare for what is to come next. Kirk provides insights and advice based on the conversations he is having with subcontractors, G.C.’s, banks and insurance industry representatives.

Space is limited, but anyone interested is invited to participate and bring their questions for Kirk and the other attendees to answer. Hit the button below to download a calendar reminder to join the next session or access a recording of the last session.
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Foundation Pre-Apprentice Training – Free Through June 30th
While hiring new workers may not be your first priority right now, there are millions of newly unemployed people looking for their next line of work. Exposing this audience to the p-h-c trades with an online introduction could pay off later when you do need extra hands.

This online class provides a short overview of what to expect and what work in our industry looks like. If you want to plant the seeds of your future workforce now, you can access the program at no cost through the end of June. You will need to create a new account in our Learning Management System if you don’t already have one; the system does not use your PHCC username & password.
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We will get through this together through communication, collaboration and looking out for each other. Stay safe!  

When Apprentices Can’t Go to School… 
Apprentice Using LaptopSometimes you have to improvise. That’s what several PHCC chapters around the country are doing to help their apprentices continue or complete their classroom education requirements while maintaining social distancing.

Thanks to work over the past two years to improve our online training infrastructure, the Foundation’s online apprentice training is being tapped by chapters who cannot hold their in-person apprenticeship classes.

In just about three weeks, the PHCC of San Antonio chapter secured the necessary state approvals to shift their classroom training to the online program, coordinated with Foundation staff, received training on the new system and got their 3rd & 4th years students started with the Foundation’s online training. Their 1st & 2nd year students begin today; helping to keep more than 50 apprentices on track with their training.

We are so appreciative of this and [everyone’s] willingness to work with us to get this going today!” – Heidi Trimble, PHCC of San Antonio chapter executive.
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Remembering Scott Balmer 
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We are sad to report that Scott Balmer of ShoffnerKalthoff MES, Inc. in Knoxville passed away March 15th. Scott had chaired the Foundation’s HVAC Apprentice Contest Committee from its beginning, helping to make the annual event at CONNECT a reality each year since 2013. Scott had worked at Shoffner Kalthoff since 1994, having started in service.

Scott will be missed at the HVAC Connect apprenticeship competition. I have worked with him since the formation of the contest and as chair he constantly looked for ways to make it better. I will miss him and his guidance and hard work to make the contest the best it can be,” said HVAC committee member Warren Lupson.
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Our Mission Remains the Same
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Whatever the circumstances we are facing, our mission remains to help contractors and their employees improve their success through educational opportunities. We will keep working on our mission with new tools and new resources. We ask that if you are able to please help us continue to deliver on that mission.

How? Just make a contribution. Every dollar still receives matching contributions from our friends at InSinkErator and Ferguson.

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Thank you!

The PHCC Educational Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit established in December 1986 by PHCC members with the goal of helping their fellow contractors be more successful through education and professional training. These contractors believed and still believe that by helping their friends and their competitors, the whole profession benefits.

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