The mission of the Nexstar Legacy Foundation is to encourage young people to train for and enter the plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical trades. The recently launched Explore the Trades website provides information and tools to help independent residential contractors promote career opportunities within their companies to attract skilled young people looking for work.

“Our founding fathers included numerous artisans and craft workers. Paul Revere was a silversmith, Ben Franklin a man of many talents but one who earned his living primarily as a printer. I grew up as a child of the working class and remember that the most admired people in my neighborhood were skilled tradesmen. Plumbers, carpenters, electricians, etc., earned the most money and were looked up to by hard working but comparatively unskilled factory workers. Back then, fewer than one out of 10 people had a college degree. Learning a skilled trade was an alternative path to a comfortable life, and craftsmen enjoyed lofty status. Nowadays more than a quarter of adult Americans have college degrees and around 60% have taken at least some college courses.” Jim Olsztynski.

Jim Olsztynski (pronounced Ol-stin-skee) spent 34 years covering the plumbing-heating-cooling (PHC) industry as an editor and writer before retiring in August 2011. He was founding Editor of Plumbing & Mechanical (P&M)Magazine starting in 1984 and served as Editor/Editorial director of P&M until his retirement. From 2001-2011 he served simultaneously as Editor of Supply House Times. Additionally, Jim wrote a syndicated monthly column titled “Smart Business” that appeared in various construction industry magazines. From 1993 until 2003, he published a multiple award-winning paid-subscription newsletter, PHC Profit Report.

Check out the rest of Jim’s column at explorethetrades.org

To learn more about how Nexstar can help you find and keep good employees, call (888) 240-STAR (7827) or email [email protected].