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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New Video Highlights Roles and Processes in Wood Manufacturing Facility

Check out this 5 minute video showcasing the different roles and processes involved in a professional manufacturing facility. This company produces high-end commercial architectural woodworking projects in Los Angeles, CA. [...]

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AWFS® Chapter Produces Video for MFG Day; Hosts Live Q&A Sessions

The Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers® (AWFS®), and it’s Southern California industry-education chapter Society of Wood Manufacturing (SWM) have produced a video showcasing the various roles and processes involved in professional woodworking. The nearly six-minute video, the purpose of which is to introduce students to career pathways in the wood industry, features the team at Architectural Woodworking Company (AWC), Los Angeles. “We were happy to open our facility up for this video,” says Saúl Martín, AWC Vice President of Manufacturing. “During this pandemic, it is more important than ever to provide students with information about wood industry careers through[...]

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MFG Day 2020: Check out these events!

There are several MFG Day events taking place in October that are hosted by wood industry companies and featuring industry professionals! These events are specifically for students and teachers to attend to learn more about industry careers. Check them out and register ASAP! Wednesday, September 30, 2020 VIRTUAL, 12:00 NOON - 2:00 P.M. ET CERATIZIT USA's Virtual Event   Thursday, October 1, 2020 IN PERSON (Bassett, VA) 3:00 - 7:00 P.M. Bassett Furniture Industries - Explore Manufacturing and More!   Friday, October 2, 2020 VIRTUAL, sessions throughout the day SWM Presents MFG Day 2020 Virtual: Careers in the Wood Industry VIRTUAL, all day Mastercam Virtual MFG Day VIRTUAL, 8:00 A.M.[...]

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MFG Day 2019 is Friday, October 4

MFG Day is Friday, October 4, 2019 MFG Day ("Manufacturing Day") is a nation-wide campaign to strengthen student awareness of manufacturing career opportunities. This is your chance to open your doors, welcome students, and make a positive impact on career awareness (and your future employee pipeline)! Did you know... ...89% of students who attended MFG Day events are "more aware of manufacturing jobs in their communities" ...84% are "more convinced that manufacturing provides careers that are interesting and rewarding" ...64% are "more motivated to pursue careers in manufacturing" (source) How to Get Started Once you decide to host an event, publish it on the MFG Day website. Here are some additional resources to help[...]

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Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte Release Updated 2018 Skills Gap Report

You may have already seen that last week the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte published the highly anticipated 2018 update to their oft-referenced Manufacturing Skills Gap study. The need is even more intense than the last report in 2015. You can download the full report and the synopsis, and see infographics here: And this article is a good summary: Some highlights from the article/report: “The (skills gap) problem is only expected to worsen. As many as 2.4 million jobs may go unfilled over the next 10 years, according to the study. That could put at risk $454 billion in manufacturing value — or 17% of forecasted[...]

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MFG Day 2018 Recap: Reborn Cabinets and Rock Steady Events

Reborn Cabinets Brings Together City of Anaheim, Vital Link, Local Schools and Organizations to Coordinate MFG Day Event and Job Fair On Friday, October 5, 2018, over 300 local high school students toured Reborn Cabinets' headquarters facility in Anaheim, California for the company's third annual MFG Day event. The event was planned with the help of the City of Anaheim's "Manufacturing Month" campaign along with Vital Link, a local industry-education liaison group, and other industry and education organization representatives including CMTC and AWFS. In addition to a presentation and facility and showroom tour, Reborn hosted a job fair which welcomed local[...]

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MFG Day is Less than One Month Away, Get Involved!

MFG Day 2018 is Friday, October 5. This is a national campaign to increase student awareness of the manufacturing industry and careers. In June, AWFS® hosted a webinar on “How to Host A MFG Day Event”, you can watch the webinar recording here. Over 1,100 events are registered on the MFG Day event throughout the US, including events at AWFS® member companies Dynabrade, Mastercam, Mereen-Johnson, Stiles, and Weyerhaeuser, along with numerous woodworking, cabinetmaking, and furniture manufacturing companies. If you aren’t able to host an event this year, consider attending an event, and encourage local students and teachers to attend as well. Many post-secondary and technical schools are hosting[...]

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Webinar: Join the Movement, Host a MFG Day Event!

WATCH THE RECORDING from the AWFS webinar Join The Movement, Host a MFG Day Event! held on Jun 7, 2018 10:00 AM PDT Looking for a way to attract skilled workers? Would you like to connect students interested in woodworking-related careers? Have you considered hosting a company tour or open house? 64% of students who attend a company tour or open house are "more motivated to pursue a career in manufacturing"! MFG Day - a national campaign to increase student awareness of manufacturing careers - provides resources to help you plan your company event. AWFS hosted a webinar on Thursday, June 7, 2018 about how to get involved in[...]

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