Focus Flash Newsletter – September 2019

September 19, 2019
By Staff Writer, PHCC Educational Foundation
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Apprentices at CONNECT

In this issue – PHCC CONNECT is three weeks away and we want to see you there! See how one chapter is growing, thanks to some help from online apprentice training. And try out our new, easy way to make a gift – 30 seconds and a cell phone is all you need.

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How Do You Triple Membership in Your PHCC Chapter?
The Foundation’s online apprentice training provides PHCC chapters with a Department of Labor approved curriculum, online testing and tracking of student progress plus resources for classroom instructors. And some chapters are also finding that the program is a key to increasing their membership.


“We have tripled the number of non-union contractor members in our chapter over the last two years,” reports Ray Hefner, EVP of the Plumbing Industry Council/PHCC of Missouri. “Most of those contractors came on to get their apprentices enrolled – you have to be a member to get your people trained.”


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Hefner pointed out that classes at a nearby technical college run close to $15,000 per year. “Our members can get their apprentices through the Foundation’s entire four-year program for less than a third of that. It’s no competition.”


“We also have Foundation speaker Kirk Alter coming here this week to present sessions for our business owners. Having access to great speakers is another way we benefit from the Foundation’s offerings,” added Hefner.


“Every association needs an essential program that is easy for members to wrap their arms around and say ‘I need this.‘ For us, the Foundation’s training is helping drive contractors to join and to stay. It has been a tremendous help.”


PHCC state chapters around the country have been adding the online apprentice training to their list of offerings. If your state chapter is interested in learning more, Foundation staff will be available during CONNECT 2019 in Indianapolis to answer questions and have individual meetings with chapter executives about establishing a program. Hit the button below to learn more or make an appointment.


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Making Giving Easy
Thanks to our new technology tools, making a gift to support the Foundation’s educational mission has never been easier. How easy?

STEP 1 – On your cell phone, text “GIVEPHCC” to: 44321
STEP 2 – Tap the link in the reply text message.
STEP 3 – Choose your gift amount and payment method.
Donate by Texting GIVEPHCC to 44321 or give online
Many people have asked us about giving on a monthly basis instead of making a single big gift. One tap to choose the monthly option on the donation screen is all it takes to put your giving on auto-pilot.

Either way, you will receive an e-mail with your donation receipt. You also get our thanks for keeping our scholarships, apprentice training and management workshops powered up and helping our industry.

And of course if you would like to call with your gift, we are happy to talk! (800) 533-7694. Every dollar contributed receives matching contributions from our friends at InSinkErator and Ferguson.

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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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