PCCA Launches Education Initiatives

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

“At the project manager level, PCCA launched its Project Manager Academy early in 2013,” Amerine continued. “PCCA is also working with FMI to offer advanced project manager training that is customized for power and communication construction. The program is based on FMI's successful project manager academy, a high-level, immersion experience built around core themes, which are developed through intense, experience-based exercises, coaching from FMI's industry experts and interactive guest lectures.”

The PCCA/FMI team is creating a course curriculum that includes six one-day modules to be delivered each year at the convention. There will also be a two-hour debriefing session during the convention for questions and answers with experts who will share real-life experiences.

Ongoing accomplishments during 2013 included:

• An expansion of the association's Young Construction Professionals Program to offer a deeper, more coordinated curriculum designed to improve the business acumen and performance of PCCA member companies;
• PCCA represented its members at the annual Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition in Houston, Windpower 2013 in Chicago and International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition in Louisville, KY;
• The PCCA Journal continued to keep members informed about relevant industry and government news and publish articles written by industry experts about topics such as market conditions, troublesome contract terms, managing subcontractors, complying with Davis-Bacon requirements, human resources and other timely events and issues.

Amerine said implementation of new educational programs will be a PCCA priority in 2014, along with outreach to the USDA about rural development issues, the Department of Labor regarding Davis-Bacon, and will continue to report on other relevant federal agencies, including OSHA, National Telecommunications & Information Association, Department of Transportation and Federal Communications Commission.

Amerine is owner of Amerine Utilities Construction and his term as PCCA president will end in March at the 2014 annual meeting. Steve Sellenriek, Sellenriek Construction, will take over the presidency.

PCCA, (800) 542-7222, www.pcaweb.org

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