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WIA Awarded $6 Million DOL Grant to Train 5G Workforce
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) announced that the U.S. Department of Labor awarded it a $6 million grant to expand apprenticeship in the telecommunications industry. The grant program, Apprenticeship: Closing the Skills Gap, is designed to support large-scale expansions of apprenticeship. In partnership with the Power & Communication Contractors Association (PCCA), the grant will be used to train a 5G workforce, an integral part of winning the global race to 5G. Five institutions of higher education have already committed as technical partner schools. The nearly $6 million grant is supplemented by over $9 million in matching support from industry, including cash and in-kind contributions from WIA, PCCA, Ditch Witch, FS3, and participating employers, for a total commitment to apprenticeship of $15 million in a public-private partnership.
Members Deliver PCCA Message on Capitol Hill
PCCA members traveled to our nation's capital February 4-6 to deliver a powerful pro-business, pro-infrastructure message across Capitol Hill during the association's 2nd Annual Washington Fly-in.
Divided into four hard-working teams, the PCCA members visited 30 congressional offices, talking to legislators and their staffs about the association's top-priority issues: promoting the Universal Broadband Act, the 21st Century Power Grid Act, and FMCSA Hours-of-Service Reforms and warning about the over-reaching Protect the Right Organize Act (PRO Act).
PCCA thanks Eben Wyman and Zack Perconti, Wyman Associates, for expertly planning and executing the fly-in and the following members for interrupting their busy schedules and standing up for the association and the industry:
David Aubrey, Irby Construction; Carmine Battafarano, HMI; Marty Ferguson, FS3; John Fluharty, Quanta; Tom Fredericks, American Polywater Corporation; Ted Hastings, Henkels & McCoy; Dan Levac, Preformed Line Products; Lizette Diaz Masso, Bermudez Longo Diaz Masso; Chris Parrack, Sterling; Rex Schick, K&W Underground; Bob Sellenriek, Sellenriek Construction; Steve Sellenriek, Sellenriek Construction; Sam Stephens, Tjader & Highstrom.
Missouri State Tech Looking to Build, Renovate
The utility and civil infrastructure programs at Missouri State Technical College will see renovations to existing building as well as a new Utility Technology Center thanks to a recent vote by the school's Board of Regents. The program at State Technical College is one of the projects supported by the PCCA Education & Research Foundation.
Details on the decision are available here.
PCCA Foundation Now Accepting Scholarship Applications
The PCCA Education and Research Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Applicants can apply for one of four $10,000 scholarships. Previous applicants can log in to the Foundation's website using the account they've already created to update their applications as needed.
Scholarship recipients will be selected at the 75th Annual PCCA Convention at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Resort, Nassau, Bahama, in March 2020 and announced in the Q2 PCCA Journal.