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PTDA Foundation announces new careers program initiative partners

Chicago, IL -- The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) Foundation has two new partners in its model...

Chicago, IL — The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) Foundation has two new partners in its model curriculum initiative, the Industrial Careers Pathway.

The National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) and the Association for Hose and Accessories Distribution (NAHAD) have joined the Foundation’s effort to launch an industrial distribution curriculum for community colleges. 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," said Linda Western, executive director, NFPA. "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."


Joan Cook, PTDA Foundation executive director, stated, "The ultimate success of the model curriculum initiative depends on broad-based support. Reaching 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 is key. The Foundation is proud to welcome NFPA and NAHAD as partners."

Including the two new partners, a total of 18 associations and one regional development organization now support the initiative spearheaded by the PTDA Foundation. In addition to NFPA and NAHAD, supporters include:

– American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association (AMTDA)
– Association for High Technology Distribution (AHTD)
– Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA)
– Electro-Federation Canada (EFC)
– Fluid Power Distributors Association (FPDA)
– Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA)
– Heating Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI)
– Industrial Supply Association (ISA)
– International Association of Plastics Distributors (IAPD)
– International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA)
– National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW)
– National Fastener Distributors Association (NFDA)
– North American Horticultural Supply Association (NAHSA)
– Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA)
– Safety Equipment Distributors Association (SEDA)
– Security Hardware Distributors Association (SHDA)
– Greater Cleveland Partnership.

The Industrial Careers Pathway initiative is designed to teach the skills and knowledge needed for success in the industrial distribution channel. 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. Students are expected to enrol at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio, beginning Fall 2005. The Foundation Board of Trustees has set an aggressive goal for rolling out the program in North America. Orlando, Philadelphia, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Toronto and Vancouver have been targeted for additional pilots in 2005.

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

The Foundation is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt corporation whose operations are funded entirely by tax deductible contributions. Contributions are tax deductible to the full amount allowed by law.

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