Through the efforts of the late Milton B. Schott Jr., the PTDA Foundation has received the first installment of a three-year pledge of $210,000 from the Harold C. Schott Foundation. This $70,000 gift is designated to support the Industrial Careers Pathway program. This funding will assist ICP in its mission of building awareness of industrial distribution as an incredibly rewarding career choice.
PTDA Foundation President Barbara Ross, director, rotary seals, Garlock Sealing Technologies, notes, "This contribution will help ICP measure the awareness of industrial distribution and develop exciting new strategies to engage our target market of Millennials. This type of broad-based market research is something we've always dreamed of tackling, and now Milt's passion for the industry will make it possible and be part of his lasting legacy."
Kenneth Miko, 2014 PTDA President and director, strategic accounts at BDI, a long-time friend of Milt says, "Milt is smiling down on us with a grin as wide as the Mississippi River, knowing that ICP can now afford to implement the strategies and tactics needed to make sure we are sending the right message, using the right media, to the right audience. This is a major step in letting the younger generation know about the incredibly rewarding careers in industrial distribution, the field Milt so loved."
ICP expects this funding, combined with the ongoing pledges made by members of PTDA and other ICP Alliance Partners, will accelerate the pace at which we can move forward. Be a part of this important work with a contribution; complete and return the 2014 pledge form.
The ICP Steering Committee, composed of a member and staff from each of the four Alliance Partners, ASA, ISA Education Foundation, NAHAD and the PTDA Foundation, put together a funding request in July that was reviewed by the Harold C. Schott Foundation. New ICP initiatives which will now be developed include:
- Web-based training for the ICP Ambassador Corps, to enable them to spread the word about industrial distribution at the local level.
- Expanded involvement with national students' groups involved in the trades.
- New tactics to create awareness of industrial distribution.
- Resources to assist employers in establishing internships.
If you have any questions or would like to offer ideas on how to spread the word among the Millennial generation about the incredibly rewarding careers in industrial distribution, contact ICP Program Director Mary Jawgiel at +1.312.516.2100 or [email protected].