By Staff Writer, PHCC-National Association
Honoring outstanding instruction to students pursuing a career in the HVAC profession, the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National Association (PHCC) awarded its 2023 HVAC Instructor of the Year award to Brian Millard of the PHCC of Iowa Apprenticeship Program. The award – sponsored by PHCC Corporate Partner Milwaukee Tool – was presented Oct. 27 at PHCCCONNECT2023 in Cleveland, Ohio.
With a deep understanding and expertise in the HVAC trade, Millard is known for sharing his valuable blend of both theoretical concepts and practical skills with his apprentices. “Brian’s excellent communication skills and adaptability allow him to effectively manage a classroom, and his passion, patience, and empathy help him to maintain great relationships with his students,” says PHCC of Iowa Executive Director Randi Malone. “These characteristics allow Brian to create a stimulating and effective learning environment that prepares apprentices for success in the trades and beyond.”
As part of creating that environment, Millard is known for turning to field trips, hosting guest speakers, and developing “memorable hands-on labs” to help his students grasp concepts and maximize their academic journey.
His passion for the industry also translates into his expectations for professionalism, both from himself and from his students. His goal to deliver the best information and to be the best instructor serves as a catalyst for students to not only understand HVAC concepts but to demonstrate the overall need for professionalism.
“Brian is a great motivator and inspiring role model,” says Malone. “He works hard to understand his students’ needs and meets them where they are to provide them with the knowledge and information they need to succeed … he is a true champion for all who pass through his class.”
The PHCC National Association, formed in 1883, provides legislative advocacy, education, and training to approximately 3,500 plumbing and HVACR businesses and 65,000 technicians. Members of PHCC have access to a wide variety of services designed to increase their professionalism, grow their business, and improve profitability. For more information about PHCC, visit phccweb.org.
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