June 8, 2015
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – The Nexstar Legacy Foundation (the foundation) today announced a partnership with Goodman Manufacturing, a member of the Daikin Group, that will address the shortage of technicians for the plumbing, HVAC and electrical industry.
Goodman’s Director of Strategic Alliances, Mike Henson, presented the foundation a check in the amount of $25,000 that will support and help grow the foundation’s two programs, Explore the Trades and Troops to Trades, both of which address the growing shortage of technicians by providing career information, scholarships and connections to business across the U.S. and Canada. This was the second year that Goodman provided significant support to the foundation.
“The technician shortage isn’t just a problem for the service companies, it also affects manufacturing. Manufacturers need to recognize that fewer technicians mean service companies can’t meet the needs of their customers, which will have a negative impact on all of our businesses. We all need to be concerned about this shortage,” stated Henson.
The foundation will use this funding to continue to build awareness of the professional and lucrative careers available in the trades. “Only 6% of all high school students are looking for a career in the trades. Yet, the job growth in this industry is huge,” stated Renée Cardarelle, foundation Executive Director. “Our goal is to develop career paths that help more young people and military veterans enter the industry and find stable middle class careers.” Partners like Goodman are instrumental in helping the foundation achieve these goals.
Also recognized during the presentation reception was Nexstar Network®, a business best practice association for the PHCE industry. Nexstar has been an ongoing partner of the foundation since 2006.
The Nexstar Legacy Foundation is dedicated to attracting talented individuals to the heating, air conditioning, plumbing and electrical industries, by inspiring these people to discover the prestige, earning power and stability of careers in these fields. The foundation accomplishes this by being the leading resource for information on careers and training, as well as a source of financial aid.
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