Nexstar Network Developing Technical Training Program
Nexstar Network is developing an online technical training program, NexTech Academy, which is designed to take a person with no experience in plumbing, heating, cooling or electrical work and educate them to become a proficient technician.
NexTech Academy’s curriculum integrates Nexstar best practices with step-by-step technical training, testing and hands-on skills demonstrations to be approved by a supervisor in-shop. The training program will provide one solution to the recruiting challenge facing the skilled trades.
Nexstar hired two technical training coaches to help develop curriculum and work with students in the program after launch. Jeff Atwell, who is now Nexstar’s plumbing technical coach, worked in plumbing for more than 30 years. He worked in commercial and residential plumbing, and most recently was teaching at his local technical school.
Brett Sumpter joined Nexstar as a HVAC technical coach. He grew up in a family of tradespeople and spent the last few years working as a trainer for a Nexstar member company. Sumpter said helping someone get into the trades or perfect their craft is the most fulfilling part of being a trainer, and he is excited to help members grow their businesses and improve the lives of their technicians.
Nexstar will be offering a preview of NexTech Academy at Super Meeting, Sept. 13, 2017, in Washington D.C.