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Canadian Fluid Power Assoc. joins PTDA Foundation careers initiative

Chicago, IL -- Two new partners have joined the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) Foundation in it...

Chicago, IL — Two new partners have joined the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) Foundation in its workforce development initiative, the Industrial Careers Pathway (ICP).

The Canadian Fluid Power Association (CFPA) and Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) have joined the Foundation’s effort to address distributor and manufacturer needs for good people.

ICP objectives 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.


At the heart of the initiative are efforts to introduce an industrial distribution curriculum at community colleges and technical schools in the United States and Canada.

"The ICP program addresses some long-standing needs of the Canadian fluid power industry," said John Bachmann, chair, CFPA. "Our members are very enthusiastic about the prospect of technology graduates that are more business savvy. They also look forward to the opportunity to upgrade the business knowledge and selling skills of existing staff."

Joan Cook, PTDA Foundation executive director, stated, "The ultimate success of the ICP 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 CFPA and PEI as partner associations."

Including the two new partners, a total of 21 associations and one regional development organization now support the initiative spearheaded by the PTDA Foundation. In addition to CFPA and PEI, supporters include:

– American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association
– ASA Education Foundation
– Association for High Technology Distribution
– Electrical Apparatus Service Association
– Electro-Federation Canada
– Fluid Power Distributors Association
– Gases and Welding Distributors Association
– Heating Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International
– Industrial Supply Association
– International Association of Plastics Distributors
– International Sanitary Supply Association
– NAHAD, The Association for Hose and Accessories Distribution
– National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors
– National Fastener Distributors Association
– National Fluid Power Association
– North American Horticultural Supply Association
– Power Transmission Distributors Association
– Safety Equipment Distributors Association
– Security Hardware Distributors Association
– Greater Cleveland Partnership.

The ICP 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.

The Foundation Board of Trustees has set an aggressive goal for rolling out the program in North America. Students already are enrolled at Henry Ford Community College in Detroit and Metropolitan Community College in Omaha and will begin enrolling at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, in Autumn 2005. Work has also begun to introduce programs in Orlando, Philadelphia, the Twin Cities, Toronto and Vancouver.

The PTDA 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 industry.

The Foundation’s core initiative, the Industrial Careers Pathway, is designed to recruit entry-level employees to the industrial distribution channel; develop programs to teach business, technical and distribution basics; and create affordable resources for current employee development.

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