In August, Louisiana saw record rainfall, receiving over two feet of rain in 48 hours. Widespread flooding damaged countless homes and businesses including the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association (PHCC) Apprentice Training School in Baton Rouge.

The school suffered major damage, including lost classroom furniture and supplies, and is now facing significant repairs and reconstruction. Among the supplies lost were 50 copies of plumbing textbooks co-developed by Cengage and the PHCC Educational Foundation. Needing to replace the books quickly but faced with considerable repair costs, the PHCC Educational Foundation, a partnership organization helping contractors meet the challenges of an ever-changing marketplace, reached out to Cengage for assistance.

Eager to help get students back in the classroom as soon as possible, Cengage provided the PHCC Training School with discounted copies of Plumbing 301, 1st edition and Plumbing 401, 1st edition for their third and fourth year apprenticeship programs. Cengage also covered the shipping costs and supplied free access to instructor resource materials.

Cengage is committed to supporting student success and our contributions to the PHCC Training School is one way we can do that. The discounts saved the school thousands of dollars and provided students with much-needed learning materials that are integral to their education.

Repairs and reconstruction are underway at the apprenticeship school. Anyone interested in donating funds or materials to the repair efforts can contact Julie Fuselier at the Louisiana PHCC chapter (225-344-0620) or Jerry Payne of the PHCC Training School, Baton Rouge (225-413-0685).

Photo credit:’s “Flooded PHCC School Undergoing Repairs