StrataTech Education Group partners with Distribution Contractors Association to award up to $1 million in combined scholarships

StrataTech will award 100 students half-price scholarships for campus programs at Tulsa Welding School and The Refrigeration School, Inc.

PHOENIX, January 19, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–StrataTech Education Group is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Distribution Contractors Association (DCA) for a “Million Dollar Pledge to Get Americans to Work” campaign. As part of this partnership, StrataTech will provide 100 half-price scholarships to develop skilled workers.

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Men and women who work for a DCA-affiliated company and who have been sponsored by their company for tuition assistance can apply for one of the scholarships. Each scholarship awarded by StrataTech will cover half of each employee’s tuition while the remaining balance will be sponsored by each recipient’s respective employer. Scholarship recipients can then use the funds for any program at The Refrigeration School, Inc., Tulsa Welding School, Tulsa Welding School Jacksonville, or Tulsa Welding School & Technology Center, including programs in welding, HVAC and refrigeration, electrical applications , among others.

These scholarships come at a time when the skilled trades industry faces a significant skills gap that could leave an estimated 2.4 million jobs unfilled between 2018 and 2028, according to research by Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics also predicts 10% growth in the skilled trades industry, creating an additional 704,000 jobs.

“Investing in the skilled trades industry is now more important than ever,” said StrataTech CEO Mary Kelly. “We are proud to help educate the next generation of skilled trades professionals, providing them with a quality education and preparing them for lifelong success.”

DCA is a member-centered association that serves as a link to government agencies, unions, and other industry organizations for those in the underground construction industry. DCA offers programs, committees and other events that give members the opportunity to be professionally recognized and give back to their industry.

“For 60 years, DCA has been committed to creating opportunities for our members and those entering the skilled labor industry, said DCA Managing Director Rob Darden. “We are very grateful to StrataTech for this partnership and these grants that will help us continue our mission.”

Those wishing to apply for the scholarship can visit to learn more.

For more information about StrataTech and its four campuses, visit

About StrataTech Education Group

StrataTech Education Group is focused on the education, growth and development of specialized vocational schools, particularly skilled trades programs designed to meet the country’s growing infrastructure needs. Holding an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau, StrataTech Education Group’s portfolio includes The Refrigeration School, Inc. (RSI), Tulsa Welding School (TWS), Tulsa Welding School Jacksonville, and Tulsa Welding School & Technology Center (TWSTC). For more information, visit

About the Association of Distribution Entrepreneurs

The Distribution Contractors Association (DCA) is a professional, member-centered trade organization established in 1961 to facilitate the exchange of information relating to the construction and maintenance of gas distribution systems throughout the United States. DCA serves as a link between members, government agencies, unions and other industry organizations and has established close working relationships with utilities and the associations that represent them. DCA is made up of nearly 240 companies, including local, regional and national contractors and equipment manufacturers, distributors and other businesses that support them in the safe installation of gas pipelines and other underground utilities. The association actively promotes the industry and continually works to develop and improve quality, safety, best practices and leadership. DCA is headquartered in Richardson, Texas, near Dallas.

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