The Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers® (AWFS®), the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI), and the Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA) have come together to produce a video about careers in the wood industry in partnership with the “In Depth with Laurence Fishburne” program. The six-minute feature video will be distributed to public television stations nationwide beginning in June.
In Depth programs are “short form” videos which cover many topics and feature an introduction by actor Laurence Fishburne. They are distributed to public television affiliates and they run between full-length public television programming. A one-minute commercial version of the video was also produced,[...]
NELLYSFORD, VA – Richard Memory has made woodworking history — again.
The trail-blazing employee of Jefferson Millwork & Design recently became the first professional woodworker awarded the Gold credential by the Woodwork Career Alliance of North America (WCA). In fall 2019, Memory was the first woodworking pro to earn the WCA’s Red credential.
Greg Heuer, secretary of the WCA, presented Memory his Gold credential certificate, pin and patch during a ceremony held on Jefferson Millwork’s shop floor attended by company managers and fellow employees. “Until 2007, woodworkers like everyone here had no nationally recognized path to demonstrate their progress and achievements,” Heuer said. “The[...]
While the COVID-19 pandemic has certainly created new and unique challenges for everyone (and certainly considerable heartbreak and hardship for many), teaching woodworking "online" or "remotely" is not an easy task! How can students become familiarized with woodworking tools and machinery, learn proper safety technique, and experience HANDS-ON education through a screen? The educators in the Woodwork Career Alliance network have been busy and creative, thinking of ways to continue learning for their students. Students have been earning their WCA credentials while participating in remote learning as well. Check out these articles to learn more:
WCA Educators Share Distance Learning Experiences
The Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers® (AWFS®) educational program, the College of Woodworking Knowledge® (CWWK®), was held at the AWFS®Fair and provided value for thousands of AWFS Fair attendees through current topics and addressing business questions and concerns.
Designed to meet the current needs of the show audience demographics, the 50 sessions spanned topics to strengthen corporate culture and grow workforce, enhance business management expertise, improve skill sets, and increase knowledge of the latest technologies.
CWWK Educational Track Highlights
Business Management: Expert Tom Grandy spoke on mastering your cash flow. Marketing pro Jonathan Mills dove deep into digital marketing, including the role[...]
[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[...]