Our Mission

At Explore The Trades (formerly the Nexstar Legacy Foundation), our mission is to recruit talented individuals to the plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical trades. These industries keep our country running. Jobs in these industries are in high demand and come with great pay, career opportunities and job security.

At Explore The Trades, we want to help you discover that these careers aren’t just a choice – they’re the best choice.

About Us

Founded in 2005, Explore The Trades is committed to developing the next generation of a skilled workforce by changing the perception of the trades. Focusing on students, the organization creates awareness through key industry statistics, scholarships and connections with residential service contractors throughout North America.

Explore The Trades is also committed to recruiting those with military service to the trades, as these individuals bring a special skill set that is valuable to the residential service industry. We refer to this program as Troops To Trades. Through connections with military installations and like-minded organizations, it’s our goal to assist veterans find success in their civilian careers in the plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical trades.

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The Nexstar Legacy Foundation provides a channel for people in the home service industry to give back to their community. Businesses in the plumbing, HVACR (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration) and electrical industries provided funding to start the foundation in 2005. The foundation launched a scholarship program attract talent to these industries. We raise funds with events and other activities.