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PCCA Announces 2023-2024 Scholarship Program
PCCA has begun accepting scholarship applications for the 2023-2024 school year. The scholarships are open to the children and other dependents of PCCA members' employees. Each scholarship is worth up to $10,000, and up to four scholarships are awarded every year.
PCCA will also be awarding a $1,000 scholarship to a student at each school participating in PCCA's Who Will Do the Work? program. These applicants do not need to be affiliated with a PCCA member.
The application deadline is February 15, 2023.
We encourage all of you to pass along this information to your employees and their children. Please provide this information to your HR departments and use the PCCA scholarship program as a benefit to employees. A promotional flyer is available for you to download and distribute.
PCCA Comments in Opposition to NOPR on Project Labor Agreements
The Power and Communication Contractors Association issued comments to the Biden administration on October 18 strongly objecting to the proposed use of government-mandated Project Labor Agreements on federal construction contracts of $35 million or more.
"Simply stated: mandating PLAs on broadband and electric system contracts involving federal dollars will slow projects and drive up costs. These industries are already facing monumental worker shortages, and adding on PLA requirements will further shrink the pool of available workers, resulting in much slower deployment of broadband buildouts and energy system upgrades. Added costs will also significantly reduce the number of projects ultimately put into service," PCCA said.
PCCA Calls for GIS Mapping of Underground Facilities
With billions of federal dollars set to flow into underground infrastructure markets, PCCA today called for GIS mapping by facility owners to ensure for the accurate locating of underground facilities. See PCCA's position paper here.
PCCA Journal - 2022 Q3 - Available
The latest edition of the PCCA Journal is in the mail but you can avoid the wait by reading it online.
Featured in this issue: Trading on Excellence: The Value of Talented Field Leaders, PCCA Helps Block Project Labor Agreements, new EEOC Guidance: Business Necessity of COVID-19 Screening Testing No Longer Presumed...
The PCCA Journal is portable and optimized for reading on your phone or tablet.
Construction Suicide Prevention Week: September 5-9
Every year, during September — National Suicide Prevention Month — the construction industry dedicates a week to raising awareness about the unique challenges workers face in construction, how it can lead to suicide, and what we can do to prevent it. Together, we can save lives.
Construction Suicide Prevention Week is dedicated to raising awareness about the high number of suicides in the industry and to providing resources to help prevent those deaths.
TIRAP at Northwood Technical College
PCCA education partner Northwood Technical College will be offering Overhead & Underground Utility Technician Programs as part of the Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP) beginning in August. These programs help move your low- or no-skill entry-level employees to full occupational proficiency.