Focus Flash Newsletter – July 2020 Issue

July 8, 2020
By Staff Writer, PHCC Educational Foundation


Focus Flash Newsletter Header
Apprentices at CONNECT

In this issue – Here are the Foundation programs that are available, what’s new and what’s on hold. What else would be helpful for you?

Keep safe with the 3 W’s – Wear a face mask, Wash your hands and Watch your distance!

Our Thanks to
AO Smith University Logo
Top Foundation News
What is Working and What Isn’t + What Do You Need from Us?     
Here at the Foundation, most of our core programs can continue even with COVID keeping us working from home.

What’s Working – Important educational work continues.
Scholarships – Our Scholarship Committee is reviewing over 120 applications to see who will be awarded $112,000 in scholarships later this month.
Pre-Apprentice Training –  330+ people have taken advantage of our online Pre-Apprentice Course since we cut the registration price to zero in March.
Online Apprenticeship Training – Student enrollments have surged, bringing needed workers into our industry. Several PHCC chapters are getting set up with our online apprentice training as classroom instruction in their schools remains a challenge.
Fast Track to Service Plumbing – This new online training program for service techs is in beta testing and final development now, and will be available in October.


New Offerings – Created to help you navigate the COVID crisis.
Survive & Thrive – A series of 10 live weekly discussions focused on protecting your business and finding new opportunities. No cost, recordings available here.
Software Tools Page – A set of new and updated software tools to help you identify costs, lost productivity and revenue impacts related to COVID. All at no cost, available here.
COVID Readiness Training – Online employee training about COVID. No cost, available on the PHCC Recovery Center page.


What’s Not Working (For Now) – In-person events are still a no-go.
SkillsUSA National Championships – This event for high school and post-secondary students had to be cancelled, but will return in 2021.
National Plumbing & HVAC Apprentice Contests – These competitions held at PHCC CONNECT had to be cancelled when the convention shifted to an online event. However, we will still celebrate the best of PHCC’s apprentices at CONNECT.
In-Person Management Classes – Our project management class in March had to be postponed and may need to return as an online offering later this year. Help us plan our online options by answering this quick survey about online classes – Take the Survey.


We will keep delivering our online programs and restart in person events when it is safe to do so.

In the meantime, what do you need from us? What educational resources would help you work through what’s happening now in your business? Drop us a message at [email protected] and let us know.
Apprentices Section Divider
Contribute Divider
Our Mission Remains the Same
Invest in Your Future Campaign Poster 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, Bradford White and Ferguson.


Thanks to Bradford White and Kohler Company, if you make your contribution a monthly gift, it will be doubled with 100% bonus matching!
Make a Gift Button Make a monthly gift button
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.

Share this article: