FCEF Partners with Ardex on Training Solutions

The Floor Covering Education Foundation (FCEF) has partnered with Ardex, which has committed to supporting training initiatives spearheaded by the foundation.

Most recently, Ardex provided materials and trainers to assist with the technical college pilot program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

“Ardex has really stepped up to provide the supplies and resources we need to make our technical college program a success,” says FCEB executive director Jim Aaron. “Beyond the monetary value of their support, Ardex has been a true partner, sharing ideas and insight as well.”

Representatives of the Floor Covering Education Foundation meet with Ardex team members. Left to right: Seth Pevarnik, director of technical services, Ardex; Jim Aaron, executive director, FCEF; Kay Whitener, director of operations, FCEF; and Pat Cunningham, technical services supervisor, Ardex.

FCEF has recently made significant headway with the development of technical school programs, receiving accreditation for its basic flooring installation program. This milestone will allow the foundation to more easily bring the program to other technical colleges. Ardex says it’s devoted to helping FCEF make that happen.

“We’re excited to see an organization dedicated to tackling the shortage of installers we’ve been dealing with for many years,” says Seth Pevarnik, director of technical services at Ardex. “Our support of FCEF is another way that we’re committed to the sustainability of our industry.”

While FCEF has made some big strides in reducing the scarcity of installers, there is still a long way to go to make up for a persistent shortage.

“We need all the support we can get. After financial support, tools and materials are our biggest need,” says Kaye Whitener, director of operations for FCEF. “We need to make sure trainees can learn with quality tools and products. We have a long list of supplies and tools needed for each program and are thankful Ardex has taken many supplies off the purchase list.”

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