FCEF Impact

Learn more about FCEF programs and how we’re creating solutions.

Making Our Vision a Reality

With a primary goal of reducing the shortage of installation craftsmen in the flooring industry, we look for ways to make the biggest impact. Each of our initiatives is focused on one of the three primary components of our mission – recruitment, scholarships, and placement.

The more support we have from the industry – whether through financial support, donations of tools and products for training, donated manpower as our feet on the ground in local communities, or help spreading awareness – the more we can accomplish. We are proud of the milestones we’ve reached so far, but we won’t stop until qualified installation craftsmen are readily available in all markets. 

Technical/Trade School Programs

One of the contributing factors leading to the enormous lack of qualified flooring installers is the absence of any structured training program within the technical and community college systems. 

Penny Per Square Foot Partners

Supporting the FCEF and helping to grow your business with the availability of qualified flooring craftsmen can be as simple as one penny per square foot. We’re working with suppliers to make supporting FCEF simple. 

Supporting Impact

Our founding sponsors made it possible for FCEF to get started and have been instrumental in getting us where we are today. But they can’t do it alone. We need the entire industry to STEP UP!


Facing Facts

Facing Facts

Mark Twain once said, “Everybody talks about the weather, but no one ever does anything about it.” Who has the most to lose if the installation labor shortage isn’t fixed? Clearly, it’s the independent flooring retailer; specifically, the small to mid-size flooring...

FCEF makes strides in solving installer shortage

FCEF makes strides in solving installer shortage

FCEF BOARD MEETING During its first in-person board meeting with new executive director Jim Aaron at the helm, the Floor Covering Education Foundation (FCEF) proved that when the industry comes together with a focus on solutions, great progress is possible. The board...

FCEF Gears Up for 2022 Installer Recruitments

FCEF Gears Up for 2022 Installer Recruitments

FCEF BOARD MEETING After eight months, more than a dozen events attended, and thousands of miles traveled, the Floor Covering Education Foundation (FCEF) convened for its board of directors meeting in Chattanooga, Tennessee, November 9-10, 2021, to report on its...