The Floor Covering Education Foundation (FCEF) welcomes the partnership of ARDEX, the leading solution and service provider of innovative building systems. ARDEX is showing its support for the industry and stepping up to support training initiatives spearheaded by FCEF.
Most recently, ARDEX provided materials and trainers to assist with the technical college pilot program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. They have since committed to providing similar support to all FCEF’s programs.
“ARDEX has really stepped up to provide the supplies and resources we need to make our technical college program a success,” shared Jim Aaron, Executive Director of FCEF. “Beyond the monetary value of their support, ARDEX has been a true partner, sharing ideas and insight as well.”
FCEF has recently made significant headway with the development of technical school programs, receiving accreditation for their basic flooring installation program. This milestone will allow them to more easily bring the program to other technical colleges. ARDEX is committed to helping them 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,” shared Seth Pevarnik, Director of Technical Services at ARDEX. “We are proud to be able to support FCEF with the supplies and training resources they need to get programs up and running.”
ARDEX is a family-owned company and takes pride in its quality products as well as its commitment to building a better future by reducing its carbon footprint and maximizing sustainability.
“Our support of FCEF is another way that we’re committed to the sustainability of our industry,” added Pevarnik.
While FCEF has made some big strides in reducing the shortage 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,” shared 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 so thankful that ARDEX has taken many supplies off the purchase list.”
For other suppliers and manufacturers in the flooring industry that want to support FCEF’s work, visit fcef.org/step-up/suppliers to see all the ways to support FCEF’s initiatives and step up like ARDEX. For those interested in FCEF’s scholarships and programs, visit flooryourfuture.com to get started.