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Increasing the Quality and Quantity of Technicians

Through our Explore the Trades Program

Career Information

Are you interested in a career in the plumbing, heating and cooling, or electrical service industries?  We want to help you connect with your perfect job!  For more information email the foundation at:


Why we exist!

There is a current attitude by the general population that skilled and capable students should focus their talents and maximize their potential by entering a four-year college.  The trades are seen as a place for students who can’t make it through a four-year program.  Because of this public bias, trade careers aren’t seen as a competitive career solution for students.  The Nexstar Legacy Foundation seeks to change this bias. We actively drive students into the plumbing, HVACR and electrical trades through education at the business and student level.

How do we do this?

We work with business owners in the trades to build their expertise at communicating with junior and senior high school students about the benefits of becoming future technicians

We maintain a website to communicate career paths and opportunities to students, as well as identify quality educational programs

We work on advocacy to change state and federal legislation that excludes the trades

We provide promotional materials to invite people to seek a career in the trades

We work with trade schools to better market the potential of a career in this field. We improve their ability to recruit and retain students who wish to enter the trades as technicians

We help the PHCE industry develop their recruitment practices and work with educational institutions to increase the awareness of the viability of careers within this field

Visit our recruiting resources page for items that you can use to recruit technicians in to the industry.  Items are available to download free of charge, or you can request printed versions by contact