Focus Flash Newsletter – February 2020 Issue

February 13, 2020
By Staff Writer, PHCC Educational Foundation
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Apprentices at CONNECT

In this issue – Tell us which class to run this summer, plus resources to help start careers in our trade. And who was the most generous state in 2019? Read on…

Our Thanks to
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Quick Poll
30-Second Poll – Project Manager Class or Foreman Workshop
This summer we can run either a 4-day Essentials of Project Management boot camp class OR a two-day Creating Super Foremen Workshop. The program would take place the second week of June at the Viega training center in Nashua, New Hampshire (near Boston).
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Which class should we run?
Cast Your Vote!
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What Are YOU Doing to Help Start a Career in the Trades?
National CTE Month Logo February is Career and Technical Education Month®, and our friends over at the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) want you to get involved.

Beyond making a contribution the Foundation (thank you!), there are many ways to promote careers in our trade:
– Engage with your local technical schools and high schools to let the teachers and students know what what personalities and skill sets business owners in the p-h-c industry would like to hire.

– Do the same with media outlets in your area. You may find your way into an opportunity to promote our trade in an article or a televised segment. This can also help drive more job seekers to your door.

– If you do need new hires, participate in the National CTE Letter of Intent Signing Day. Similar to when athletes sign a LOI to commit to play a college sport, the CTE signing day ceremony is “designed to honor students who are entering a technical field and emphasize the importance of their career choice.”

You can learn more and get access to many more ideas, resources and guides on the ACTE web site.
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The Letters Are in the Mail…
Heart Envelope, Rinck Content Studio at If you made a gift to the Foundation in 2019, you should have already received a letter summarizing your annual giving for your tax records. Didn’t get a letter? E-mail and we will get a replacement back to you. Please use that return envelop to make your 2020 contribution. By giving early, you drive others to do the same and influence decisions on the programs we can offer throughout the year.
Plus the Stats…
Courtesy of the new software we are using to keep track of things, we can tell you that in 2019:
– Our smallest single donation was for $10.36.
– Our largest single donation – an incredible $25,000 gift!
– The average Invest in Your Future Campaign gift was $407.
– 21 PHCC chapters made a contribution, with most making a gift of $1,000 or more.
– The most generous state was Texas, with the most donors and most dollars contributed.
– Our sponsors, led by InSinkErator, made $73,000 in matching gifts.
Thank you to all who made a gift last year!

Invest in Your Future Campaign Poster Whatever your political party, please remember to continue supporting our party platform –
Unifying our industry to promote workforce recruitment, education and career development.


How? Just make a contribution. Remember, every dollar receives matching contributions from our friends at InSinkErator and Ferguson.
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Of course if you would like to call with your gift, we are happy to talk! Contact John Zink at (800) 533-7694.
Thank you!
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