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PTDA Foundation announces new partners for training initiative

Chicago, IL -- Five new partners have joined the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) in its model cu...


Chicago, IL — Five new partners have joined the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) in its model curriculum initiative, the association’s Educational & Scholastic Foundation has announced.

The new members include the American Machine Tool Distributor’s Association; Electro-Federation Canada; Fluid Power Distributors Association; Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International; and the Greater Cleveland Partnership.

The initiative is part of the Foundation’s efforts to launch an industrial distribution curriculum for community colleges in the U.S. and Canada. The objectives of the initiative are to:

– Recruit entry-level employees to the industrial distribution channel
– Develop programs to teach business, technical and distribution basics
– Create affordable resources for current employee development.

“Like most firms in the industrial distribution channel, finding qualified, entry-level employees is a critical challenge for our members,” says Kathleen DeMarco, executive director, Fluid Power Distributors Association. “We strongly believe that this initiative will contribute to the long-term success of our members and the entire channel, and are honoured to join the roster of associations that support it.”

Stephanie Kaplan, PTDA Foundation executive director, says “The ultimate success of the model curriculum initiative requires broad-based support to reach the necessary critical mass of employers to support the program by hiring graduates, offering co-ops and internships, and sending current employees for professional development. The Foundation is proud to welcome additional organizations as partners.”

Including the five new partners, a total of 17 associations now support the initiative spearheaded by the PTDA Foundation. The previous 12 supporters are:

– Association for High Technology Distribution (AHTD)
– Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA)
– Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA)
– Industrial Distribution Association (IDA)
– International Association of Plastics Distributors (IAPD)
– International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA)
– North American Horticultural Supply Association (NAHSA)
– National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW)
– National Fastener Distributors Association (NFDA)
– Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA)
– Safety Equipment Distributors Association (SEDA)
– Security Hardware Distributors Association (SHDA).

The Foundation is working with community colleges to customize the curriculum to meet the needs of local distributors and manufacturers. Students already are enrolled at Henry Ford Community College in Detroit and Metropolitan Community College in Omaha.

The Foundation currently is working with the newest pilot site, Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, to finalize its curriculum, with the goal of having students enrolled in spring 2005.

The Foundation Board of Trustees has set an aggressive goal for rolling out the program in North America. Orlando, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Toronto and Vancouver have been targeted for additional pilots in 2004.

The PTDA Educational & Scholastic Foundation is the charitable arm of the PTDA. The foundation was founded in 1982 to enhance knowledge, education, professionalism and productivity within the power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) industry. Its work is funded entirely by donations.

For more information, visit www.ptda.org/about/edfoundation.shtml.