PCCA Launches Education Initiatives

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By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | February 2014, Vol. 69 No. 2
2013 PCCA President Glen Amerine

Establishment of new educational programs, creation of a task force to address the growing shortage of labor, successful annual and midyear meetings and membership growth were among highlights of 2013 for the Power & Communication Contractors Association (PCCA).

The association represents the interests of contractors, manufacturers and suppliers active in power and communications construction. It provides members with an advocacy voice, ongoing educational programs and other resources, and valuable networking opportunities to share ideas about their industry.

The first event of the year was the 2013 annual meeting that included a keynote address by former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft.

Outing PCCA President Glen Amerine and wife Pat, greet an attendee during the 2013 midyear convention.

“Education always is the centerpiece of PCCA meetings and the annual meeting was filled with informative sessions,” said President Glen Amerine. “Members packed two tiers of seats for the biannual Construction Industry Roundtable which covered several vital industry topics.”

The midyear roundtable also was well attended and included a report about funding for rural power and communications services from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utility Service (RUS).

Amerine said the growing shortage of skilled labor is a concern that is being addressed by a PCCA task force considering ways to attract new skilled labor, training to develop skill sets of the current workforce, filling gaps resulting from workers leaving the industry or retiring and replacing knowledge retiring workers take with them.

Education initiatives

The first of new PCCA educational initiatives will be launched at the association’s 2014 annual meeting March 14-19.

“Our goals,” Amerine said, “are to provide participants with an improved ability to lead and grow their businesses by implementing and executing sound management processes, managing multiple moderate-to-large contract projects, understanding and controlling enterprise risk and strengthening customer relationships and trust.”

Amerine said course material was developed with construction and engineering research and consulting firm FMI. It not only is construction-industry specific, but also customized using PCCA information for examples directly connected to power and communication construction.