FCEF Awarded Grant for Installation Training in Alabama
Dalton, GA, September 26, 2023-The Floor Covering Education Foundation (FCEF) has been awarded a federal grant to fund installation training programs at several colleges in Alabama over the next three years. This grant represents the FCEF's inaugural funding success outside of the industry and sets the stage for future grant applications.
The award of this inaugural grant not only validates the program developed in collaboration with CFI, CTEF and NWFA as well as the technical college system but also enhances FCEF's credibility and prospects for securing more grants in the future. However, addressing the substanial challenges facing our industry will require sustained effort and collaboration.
One of FCEF's key goals is to implement the Basic Floor Covering Installation program in at least 200 colleges within the next five years.
Two years ago, FCEF embarked on a mission to introduce a new generation of installers to the industry. Collaborating with industry-certifying organizations, FCEF has made strides in addressing the installation crisis. By promoting career pathways in installation through the technical college system, FCEF has demonstrated the viability of such programs by successfully graduating students now working in the flooring industry.
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