CHICAGO, IL – The Mechanical Contractors Association (MCA Chicago) hopes to spark a philanthropic movement by being the first local association to contribute $500,000 to the MCAA’s (Mechanical Contractors Association of America) Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF). The foundation was founded in 1989 to provide needed education and research programs or products that MCAA either could not or should not undertake.
MCA Executive Vice President Jill McCall noted, “MCA Chicago is firmly committed to the guiding concepts of the Foundation, and we are pleased to be the first local affiliate to attain the half-million dollar mark in helping to pursue these goals. We hope that in doing so, we encourage other affiliate organizations to participate financially in this worthwhile enterprise.”
Upon recently completing their $375,000 pledge, the MCA Chicago Board of Directors decided to renew their pledge for another ten years, this time for $125,000. Mark Rogers, President of MCERF, said of the $500,000 contribution, “We are surprised by the enormous generosity of this donation, and grateful for MCA Chicago’s involvement and desire to grow the education and research programs in this industry. They have demonstrated how deep their commitment to education in the industry goes.”
MCA Chicago has long been known for creating one of the most prestigious educational facilities in the country, the Construction Education Institute®, or, CEI. The MCA Board and staff make ongoing efforts to continue providing top-notch education for their contractor members, member employees and association partners.
About the Mechanical Contractors Association of Chicago
The Mechanical Contractors Association (MCA) of Chicago, established in 1888, is a professional trade association representing 81 contractors in the union mechanical construction and services industry throughout the Chicago area. For more information about the Mechanical Contractors Association of Chicago and its contractor members, please visit mca.org.
About the Construction Education Institute
The Construction Education Institute (CEI) was established in 1997 by the Mechanical Contractors Association of Chicago and the Piping Education Council to meet the growing educational and regulatory requirements of their members in the mechanical construction and services industry. The institute offers contractors, office personnel and field supervisors a broad curriculum of courses taught by industry leaders and experts. For more information about CEI, please visit mca.org/education.