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Kudos to Nexstar Legacy Foundation

At a time when it is more crucial than ever that more Americans have access to job-training programs and technical skills demanded by today’s global economy, Opportunity Nation is proud to welcome a new coalition partner that is doing important work to connect more people to good jobs and economic security. The Nexstar Legacy Foundation is devoted to bringing new talent into the home and commercial services industry – heating, air conditioning, plumbing and electrical industries.

We were thrilled to learn that the foundation and Opportunity Nation were highlighted in a story his week in Contractor magazine.

Excerpts from the July 8, 2013 magazine article:

“The Nexstar membership has created a non-profit organization called the Nexstar Legacy Foundation. Founded by John Ward of Applewood Plumbing, Heating and Electric, located in Denver, in 2005, the foundation’s guiding principles are to recruit and encourage quality applicants into the mechanical trades …by inspiring these people to discover the prestige, earning power and stability of careers in these fields. The foundation accomplishes this by being the leading resource for information on careers and training, as well as a source of financial aid. 

To date the foundation has awarded more than $150,000 in scholarships. The foundation is looking to partner with other organizations too. The idea is to broaden their outreach and bring more quality people into the trades. To that end, they have begun, or are in the process of working with, Opportunity Nation, Opportunity Nation’s main thrust is reaching prospective applicants for all types of jobs, but the exposure for the trades can’t hurt.

“People and programs like Construction Career Days, Nexstar Legacy Foundation and Opportunity Nation are leading the charge to help solve our great and growing problem of manpower in the trades. They are a good start. We, as an industry, need to not only applaud their efforts, but assist them at every opportunity.”
The Opportunity Nation team encourages our network to share this story and information about these scholarships, several of which have deadlines in the coming weeks.

Students must be legal resident or citizen of the USA, Canada, Australia or the Cayman Islands.
They have a number of scholarships available for students interested in the HVAC, plumbing and electrical fields as well as training opportunities for veterans through the foundation’s Troops to Trades program that connects returning veterans enter the service industry.  You can learn more about the program at

To apply for one of the following scholarships, please click on the scholarship application link. To learn more about the Nexstar Legacy Foundation Scholarships, please review the information below.
Jill Reed Women in Business – Closes July 26, 2013.
Technicians in the Plumbing, Heating and Cooling and Electrical Industry – Closes July 19, 2013
Troops to Trades Professional Training Scholarships – Closes November 2013
Troops to Trades Build-a-Tech Scholarship – Closes July 31, 2013

The intent of the scholarship program:
To bring talent to, and enhance and train existing talent, in the industries of plumbing, HVAC and electrical.

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