FALLS CHURCH, VA. – The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors–National Association (PHCC) Educational Foundation recently completed a successful inaugural series of three two-day regional instructor workshops designed to ensure a well-rounded, highly trained future industry workforce.
These three regional instructor workshops offered an all-day instructional boot camp as well as a second day of more condensed sessions focused on incorporating newer technologies into the apprentice curriculum. Regional workshops were held on May 10-11, 2012 in San Diego, Calif.; June 7-8, 2012 in Indianapolis, Ind.; and Aug. 9-10 in Baltimore, Md.
“Instructors from 10 states participated in this year's regional workshops,” said Foundation Director of Apprentice and Journeyman Training Merry Beth Hall. “The program received rave reviews from the participants and we are confident that the techniques learned by these instructors will help ensure higher quality training for those entering the industry."
The first day of the workshops featured an instructional boot camp on instructional design and methods for the adult learner, presented by Dr. Katherine Manley from Ferris State University in Grand Rapids, Mich. The second day of the workshop included presentations by Cengage Learning on maximizing use of instructional CDs including PowerPoints and test banks; Copper Development Association on teaching alternative joining methods; Cast Iron Soil Pipe Institute on instructional methods for cast iron soil pipe; and GreenPlumbersUSA on incorporating water and energy conservation into the curriculum.
These regional workshops were sponsored in part by BrassCraft Manufacturing Co., Copper Development Association, Inc. and Kohler Co. The workshops will be offered again in 2013, with the dates and locations to be determined soon. For updates, check the Events Calendar on the PHCC website at http://www.phccweb.org.