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The American Machine Tool Distributor's Association; Electro-Federation Canada; the Fluid Power Distributors Association; the Heating, Airconditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International; and the Greater Cleveland Partnership joined the foundation's efforts to launch an industrial distribution curriculum for community colleges.
The objectives of the initiative are to:
'Like most firms in the industrial distribution channel, finding qualified entry-level employees is a critical challenge for our members. We strongly believe that this initiative will contribute to the long-term success of our members and the entire channel and are honored to join the roster of associations that support it,' said Kathleen DeMarco, executive director of the Fluid Power Distributor Association.
Including the five new partners, a total of 17 associations now support the initiative spearheaded by the PTDA Foundation.
The model curriculum 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 are currently enrolled at Henry Ford Community College in Detroit and Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, NE. The foundation 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's board of trustees set an aggressive goal for rolling out the program in North America, targeting Orlando, FL; Philadelphia; Minneapolis; Toronto; and Vancouver, BC; for additional pilots in 2004.
'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,' said Stephanie Kaplan, PTDA Foundation executive director. 'The foundation is proud to welcome additional organizations as partners.'