" FAIRFIELD, ME – Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) Instructor Bradley Harding has been named 2014 Plumbing Instructor of the Year by Contractor Magazine and the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors (PHCC) National Association.
Harding, plumbing instructor for KVCC’s Energy Services and Technology (EST) Program, received the award during CONNECT 2014, PHCC's convention and tradeshow, held last week in New Orleans.
The award recognizes instructors who dedicate their careers to enriching the lives of their students and who are strongly committed to the plumbing industry. Nominated by PHCC of Maine, Harding is credited with building the KVCC plumbing program from the "ground up" - establishing the school's plumbing shop, materials, curriculum, and even student base.
The nomination states that Harding’s “time commitment is unmatched, and he is very conscientious and thorough to make sure he does right by his students,” even going the extra distance this year to help students secure summer employment for more real-world experience.
A 30-year industry veteran, Harding embarked on his teaching career with a passion for innovation and a philosophy of "students first." At KVCC, he has created a state-of-the-art facility for hands-on learning in basic plumbing and HVAC installations, plus renewable energy technologies including geothermal, wood-burning applications, and solar thermal.
Harding continually practices problem-based learning and brings real-world situations into the classroom, often inviting industry speakers - manufacturers, inspectors, and contractors - to share their knowledge so that his students understand all aspects of the trade.
In addition, Harding helped establish the Energy Services and Technology Program Advisory Council, a group of more than 20 industry and educational professionals who provide guidance on current trends and recommend any curriculum changes to his program.
"Brad goes above-and-beyond to not only ensure his students are equipped with the very best educational resources but also to model the highest degree of professionalism, truly leading by example,” said PHCC Educational Foundation Plumbing Apprentice and Journeyman Training Committee Chair Richard Kerzetski. “He's a gem in the industry."
Harding made a point of noting others have also contributed to the success of KVCC’s EST program, but said he is honored by the recognition.
“I am absolutely excited and feel very privileged to receive this recognition and support from the plumbing industry and the PHCC,” Harding said. “It is a true honor to have been selected 2014 CONTRACTOR Magazine/PHCC Plumbing Instructor of the Year.”
Harding has his Master Plumber’s license and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Maine. He began teaching at KVCC in 2012. Previously, Harding owned and operated his own plumbing and heating business for 14 years. He began working as a plumbing apprentice when he was 16 years old. READ PHCC ARTICLE HERE...
Harding is originally from Anaheim, California, but has lived most of his life in Maine. He currently resides in South Portland, Maine with his wife Betsy and two children. "