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2019 AWFS®Fair WED Talks featured wood industry professionals and focused on hot topics

Watch Now! WED Talk Presentations from AWFS Fair 2019

You can now watch the eight WED Talks (Wood Education Talks) that took place at the 2019 AWFS®Fair on YouTube. Find information on each presentation, speaker and the video links on this page. Norm Abram speaks at the 2019 AWFS Fair WED Talks The 2019 AWFS®Fair WED Talks featured wood industry professionals and focused on topics including workforce development, industry skill standards, generational collaboration, social activism through woodworking, furniture design and the creative process, and the importance of diversity in the workforce. Speakers include Whitney Pyle and Thomas Allott, both members of the Woodworking Network “40 Under 40”; highly-respected and industry leading educator Patrick Molzahn; recognized artists Wendy Maruyama, Scott[...]

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Educational Opportunities Add Value for Teachers Attending the AWFS®Fair

Two unique educational opportunities that took place at the 2019 AWFS®Fair enhanced the experience for teachers, students, and general attendees by providing more resources and information related to career awareness. The Industry-Education Networking Breakfast on Thursday morning was a jam-packed event, with over fifty teachers and industry professionals coming together to share their challenges and how they can work together to find solutions and “bridge the skills gap”. A big conversation was the “language barrier” between industry and education, which many people find a common issue when trying to address the skilled careers gap and work with partners on the other[...]

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WED Talks Wow AWFS®Fair Attendees

      [caption id="attachment_12971" align="alignleft" width="170"] Norm Abram and Nathan Gilbert on Generation Next[/caption] Eight exciting presentations were made as part of the inaugural WED (short for “Wood Education”) Talk series, held on Thursday, July 18 at the AWFS Fair. The talks and speakers ranged and included topics such as social activism through woodworking; strong women in the woodworking industry; a professional woodworker’s career journey; and how to attract more young people to careers in our industry, culminating in a session with Q&A featuring This Old House team members Norm Abram and Nathan Gilbert and the Generation Next initiative to increase career awareness. The[...]

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AWFS Fair 2019 Student Awards Ceremony, WED Talks, and Make & Take Feature Special Guests

Congresswoman Dina Titus (D-NV-1) will speak at the Student Awards Ceremony on Friday, July 19 at 4:00 p.m. in Room N110. The awards ceremony is open to all registered AWFS Fair attendees and exhibitors and the winners of the Fresh Wood and Turning to the Future student competitions will be announced. “We are honored to have Congresswoman Titus with us at the AWFS®Fair”, says AWFS Executive Vice President Angelo Gangone. “We recognize that since she has been in office, she has been a supporter and advocate for workforce development and Perkins funding.” Representative Titus is acutely aware of the value[...]

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New “AWFS®Fair Live” Features Learning and Connection

A new feature at the 2019 AWFS®Fair, will offer various presentations and sessions throughout the show. All sessions are complimentary and are open to all registered AWFS Fair attendees...Read more...[...]

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AWFS® Announces 2019 Fresh Wood Panel of Judges

AWFS®) is honored to announce the judging panel for the 2019 Fresh Wood competition. This year 188 entries were received by Fresh Wood from high school and post-secondary students throughout the US and Canada. Forty-two projects were selected for the final round of judging which will take place at the AWFS®Fair in Las Vegas. The students and their instructors whose projects advanced to the final round are invited to attend the AWFS®Fair in person, with a majority of the travel costs covered by AWFS®. Read more...[...]

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AWFS®Fair 2019 College of Woodworking Knowledge Opens

Designed to meet the current needs of the show audience demographics, the 50 sessions will span topics to strengthen corporate culture and grow your workforce, enhance business management expertise, improve skill sets, and increase knowledge of the latest technologies. Read more...[...]

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