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Industry Professional Speaks to High School Students about Wood Careers

by Adria Salvatore, AWFS In March 2021, Saúl Martín was invited to speak virtually to the woodworking classes at Redwood High School in Visalia, Calif. Martín is vice president of operations at Architectural Woodworking Company (AWC) in Southern California, a company that produces high end woodwork and furniture for commercial clients in Downtown Los Angeles. He is also a strong supporter of woodworking education programs: he is lead volunteer for the SkillsUSA California woodworking contests, he has hosted student internships and teacher externships, he serves on local school advisory committees and has hosted MFG Day (Manufacturing Day) events. In the fall[...]

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Wood Industry Pros Share their Career Journey

SHARED FROM WOODWORKING NETWORK Woodworking Network asked their readers to share how they got started in the wood industry, check out this article for the responses. The answers vary - from the military, high school woodworking, flooring, construction industry...there are so many opportunities and career paths! Read the full article here, and follow Woodworking Network on Facebook to see and participate in future conversations like this.[...]

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Wood Industry Pros Create Career Day Videos

Society of Wood Manufacturing (SWM) group members recently created videos about their careers in the woodworking industry. Current SWM President Saul Martin produced a 2 minute video with a quick tour around his shop while he talked about his role and responsibilities at Architectural Woodworking Company in Los Angeles. Diana Ramirez prepared a 1.5 minute video about her career at Reborn Cabinets in Anaheim. Both Saul and Diana have been at their employers for the majority of their careers and are passionate and accomplished members of their teams. Thank you to Diana Ramirez for bringing this opportunity to the SWM group after[...]

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Breaking Down Barriers to Make Career and Technical Pathways Accessible for Everyone

Young professionals shared their experience working in the woodworking and finishing industry and answered questions via livestream from students…the Feb. 26 Careers in the Classroom event by Cue Career and AWFS…Read more…[...]

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AWFS Education April 2019: Update on WIRC; Check out CueCareer!

Associations participating in the Wood Industry Resource Collaborative (WIRC), of which AWFS is a founding member, are working with Industrial Strength Marketing on a campaign to increase awareness and improve the perception of careers in the wood industry. Industrial’s past projects include the “MFG Day” initiative with National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), and a rebranding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) network. “We are excited to work with Industrial and feel confident that we are in good hands,” says AWFS Education Director Adria Salvatore, “Industrial has an impressive portfolio and is exclusively focused on the manufacturing industry. They understand our objectives[...]

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