Ten Ways to Support Career Tech Ed Programs

February is #CTEMonth…How to Get Involved!

By Adria Salvatore, AWFS® Education Director Happy #CTEMonth! In February, we celebrate Career Technical Education (CTE) and highlight ways to engage with CTE programs, teachers, and students! What is CTE? When you were in high school, you may have been aware of “vocational education” or “shop” classes -- this was historically how students learned woodworking skills. But today, the educational landscape has changed and the focus is now on Career Technical Education (CTE), which provides students with real-world skills to prepare them for future careers in industry. CTE spans many industry sectors, but for the wood industry, CTE programs that would[...]

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Learn how one woman launched a Department of Labor-approved apprenticeship program

SHARED FROM WOODWORKING NETWORK Kelly Victor-Burke, owner of Burke Architectural Woodwork, shared how she launched the nation's first woodwork manufacturing specialist apprenticeship in her Southeastern Michigan shop in a Woodworking Network webinar. Titled, "Grow your own: Training your future skilled woodworkers," the webinar was held in December 2020 and was aimed at showing how others can set up a Department of Labor-registered woodworking apprenticeship program. Victor-Burke drafted the initial framework of the program to address the employment gap in the wood products industry through cross-training and upskilling new and existing employees in a combination of CAD, mechatronics, wood processing, coatings, estimating and[...]

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Industry and Education Members Help Draft New DOL “Woodwork Manufacturing Specialist” Registered Apprenticeship

The U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Office of Apprenticeship (OA) has announced approval of a new Competency-based Occupational Framework (CBOF) for the occupation of Woodwork Manufacturing Specialist. For the past 3 years, a group of visionary industry and education members from Michigan and across the country collaborated on drafting the framework for an innovative 21st century registered apprenticeship, “Woodwork Manufacturing Specialist” with assistance from the Urban Institute in Washington DC and Workplace Intelligence Network (WIN) and led by Kelly Victor-Burke of Burke Architectural Millwork, who conceived and drafted the initial framework. The newly approved registered apprenticeship was created to address the employment gap in woodworking and[...]

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Blum’s Brian Joyce Looks to the Future, Even in the Uncertain Present

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE Brian Joyce, Vice President of Sales at Blum Inc., entered our industry in the early 1980s, building cabinets for a small, custom cabinet shop in Southern California as a way to support himself through college.  Little did he know then that this "odd job" would lead to a rewarding career. Over the last three decades, he has worked for three industry leaders. Five years ago, he moved from California to North Carolina where Blum's U.S. corporate office is to take on more national responsibilities within the Sales Department before becoming VP of Sales almost three years ago. We[...]

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Industry and Education members draft a new Dept. of Labor “Woodwork Manufacturing Specialist” Apprenticeship

Exciting news! A registered “woodwork manufacturing specialist” apprenticeship should be available in about a year! This is a hot topic and something our industry has needed for quite some time. It will help wood manufacturers (especially small and medium-sized) be able to offer an apprenticeship in their factories. According to Mark Smith, a member of the development committee for the apprenticeship, the group plans to submit the apprenticeship to the DOL for review in October, and the approval process is expected to take one year. Read all the details here. [...]

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