FALLS CHURCH, VA. — The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors — National Association (PHCC) Educational Foundation announces the return of its popular series of two-day regional instructor workshops with a workshop offered in San Antonio, Texas, on June 20-21.

Ideal for apprentice program, scholastic, post-secondary and in-house instructors, this regional workshop offers innovative teaching techniques targeted to training the next generation of skilled workers for the plumbing and HVACR industries.

“These workshops help instructors to become more skilled and confident in the classroom,” said Merry Beth Hall, the Foundation’s director of apprentice and journeyman training. “At a time when the younger generation learns more in a digital environment, these workshops offer instructors many instructional tools and techniques they can use right away to engage more tech-savvy students."

The first day of the workshop presented by Dr. Katherine Manley from Ferris State University in Grand Rapids, Mich. — will introduce and explore basic practices and issues in using technology and e-learning in teaching. Dr. Manley — a much-requested PHCC presenter because of both her expertise in career and technical education methods and her quick wit — will draw on current research and best practices to show how to integrate multimedia and new technology into teaching apprentices and tradespersons.

On the second day of the workshops, Tom Bello of Milwaukee Electric Tool Company will focus on the latest power tool innovations, as well as tool safety and proper use. Also that day, Larry Peters from the Copper Development Association will take instructors through best practices for teaching soldering of lead-free products, especially crucial with the evolution of lead-free fittings complying with the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act.

This regional workshop is sponsored in part by BrassCraft, Copper Development Association and KOHLER. Registration is available on the PHCC website .