CITEA 2018 State Conference

Wood Industry Resources and Initiatives

Thank you for attending

Initiatives and Opportunities in the Wood Products Manufacturing Industry

at the 2018 CITEA State Conference

March 23-24, 2018

Cuesta College

Presentation and Handouts (PDFs):

Other AWFS Resources for Educators -informational articles on dust collectors, phase converters, and industry careers, and more.

For more information on any of these resources, contact:

Tovi Spero, AWFS Education Director
(323) 215-0311

Upcoming Industry Training Opportunities for Teachers:

    • The MiLL Academy
      Colorado Springs, CO
      May 9-11, 2018

Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA)

  • Industry tool-based skill certification program.
  • High school students can earn the Sawblade Certificate.
  • Recognized by CA Department of Ed as a industry certification.

Watch the webinar on Implementing WCA in the Classroom

MFG Day (Manufacturing Day)

Friday, October 5, 2018

This is the opportunity for the manufacturing industry to open it’s doors and welcome students, teachers and the general public to learn more.

Find an event near you! Bring students to an event!

The MiLL (Manufacturing Industry Learning Labs)

National Training Center

  • Launched in August 2017
  • Over 100 high school students currently enrolled; capacity for 500 students per day in 47,000 sq ft facility
  • Offers training opportunities for high school, post secondary, industry, and veterans
  • Dual enrollment and articulation for high school students with local community college
  • 79 industry partners provided state of the art technology and equipment
  • Goal to start other MiLL facilities throughout the US – stay tuned!


Explore this website:

This is a resource web site developed by AWFS, consisting of education and training information for the wood manufacturing and related industries. Appropriate for educators, students, industry professionals and those seeking career and skill enhancement information, it contains a searchable database of schools, colleges, technical centers and companies that offer a wealth of education and skill enhancement programs – from short courses to graduate degrees, from hand-crafted to high tech. There are also listings of scholarships, awards and competitions; trade organizations and events; as well as job listing links and a blog.





AWFS Fair: July 17-20, 2019 in Las Vegas, NV

This is a “Top 100” biennial international trade show, with over 600 exhibitors (woodworking machinery and supply manufacturers) and 15,000 attendees (wood products manufacturers) in 300,000 sq ft of exhibit space.

Student Contests

Design it Digital Student CAD Competition:

  • Open to middle school, high school and post secondary
  • Entry deadline May 31, 2018
  • FREE to enter
  • Cash and tool prizes
  • Students design project based on parameters in ANY CAD software
  • Submit entirely online

Fresh Wood Student Woodworking Competition:

  • Open to high school and post secondary
  • Entry deadline May 2019
  • FREE to enter
  • Cash prizes
  • Students build a project and submit photos


Wood Industry Leadership Forum

A coalition of 15 wood industry associations have gathered to address the skilled workforce gap and strengthen industry awareness. Stay tuned for projects and progress!

AWFS, WMMA, WMIA Support CTE and Perkins Funding

Career Technical Education (CTE) was the focus of the 2018 Wood Industry DC fly-in. We met with dozens of legislative offices to express our support for CTE programs and reauthorization of CTE’s primary federal funding source, the Perkins Act.

Society of Wood Manufacturing (SWM) Fosters Wood Industry-Education Partnerships in Southern California

SWM supports SkillsUSA CA regional and state events, MFG Day events, and other projects and activities to help school programs. Join today for free!

POSTER-2-E-format_FINAL-201x300“Meet the New Face of Manufacturing” Campaign posters and videos

“Meet the New Face of Manufacturing” is a comprehensive marketing effort to FINAL-New-Faces-Poster-e-version-665x1024acquaint and interest young people in careers in wood products manufacturing. We want to convey the reality of 21st century manufacturing – it is modern, high-tech, offers varied and challenging careers and is ready to welcome the next generational workforce. The campaign launched in Fall 2014 with a poster showcasing five “New Faces” of manufacturing and in September 2015, a second poster image was unveiled with more “New Faces”, highlighting the variety of personalities and lifestyles available for those seeking careers in wood products manufacturing.

For a FREE copy of the “New Faces” posters, which contain a QR code linking to this
page of resources, send a request to (include your name, mailing address, quantity, and which version/s you would like).  Please share this with career counselors,
parents, school administrators, industry partners, or others who guide students in career choices. See the official 2014 press release here.


Watch the “Meet the New Face of Manufacturing” Videos

…and learn about eleven outstanding young professionals in the wood products manufacturing industry!


Meet the New Faces of Manufacturing!

Spotlight: Adam K, furniture project manager

Spotlight: Thomas T, machinery sales representative

Spotlight: Jess B, product and furniture designer

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