This might be a good additional benefit of WCA EDUcation™ membership. Let’s work together to get our schools on the M-List and in the Right Skills Now program when the benefit is real and practical.

Manufacturing Institute Shares Goals with WCA

Take a look at this short video. See how the MI system and the WCA Passport and Credential Program go together.


Advanced Cabinet Systems Tells the Tale

Click the link below to read how an AWI member firm supports our efforts to grow the woodwork manufacturing industry into the future.


Notes on Millennials (twenty-somethings)

•  Over 35 million Baby Boomers will be leaving the workplace in the next 10 to 15 years (U.S. Census)

•  The cost of replacing an employee varies from 50% of their annual salary to 400% (SHRM)

•  Half of Millennials (twenty-somethings) would rather have no job than a job they don’t like (PEW)

•  Millennials are five times more likely to quit if they have a poor relationship with their manager (PEW)

•  In 2011, a large wholesaler issued over 40 thousand W2s for only 16 thousand employees. That’s a 2.5 employee turnover in a single year, and the vast majority of them were Millennials. Don’t let your organization go down that expensive road.

AWFS Supplier News Support

The AWFS tells its audience about our 50 schools. This helps us recruit new supplier and supporter advocates in the February newsletter. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Sens. Kaine and Portman Support Tech. Ed.

January 30, 2014
CONTACT: Sean Lynch


Will Serve as a Voice for Career and Technical Education on Capitol Hill

ALEXANDRIA, VA –The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) today lauded the bipartisan efforts of U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Rob Portman (R-OH) in forming the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus.

“Career and technical education programs nationwide have a rich history of equipping students with the skills that they need for success in high-wage, high-skill and in-demand careers in growing industries,” said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson. “ACTE is pleased that Senators Kaine and Portman have committed themselves to supporting millions of CTE students, educators and administrators nationwide and helping to prepare America’s 21st century workforce, particularly as we prepare to celebrate CTE Month throughout February. We look forward to partnering with the senators to build congressional support for federal policies that will ensure the continued success and growth of our nation’s CTE programs.”

“Through career and technical programs we can strengthen the links between the classroom and the workplace, helping students acquire the education and skills that will help them find employment and enjoy productive, successful lives after graduation … I am proud to launch the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus with Senator Portman and I look forward to working together to improve CTE.” said Kaine.

Portman went on to state that “…we must close the skills gap to get Americans working again. One way we can do that is by focusing on career and technical education that equips workers with credentials, certificates, and other training that will match them with open jobs. I look forward to working with Senator Kaine as a co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus to bridge the skills gap and get Americans back to work.”

CTE programs provide rigorous academic and technical training to 94 percent of American high school students and 12 million postsecondary students. ACTE supports policies and programs, such as the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which connect students with relevant, real-world learning opportunities to prepare them for careers.

50 Schools Join WCA

2014 has started off with an impressive 50 member schools in the first year of the EDUcation™ division of the Woodwork Career Alliance. They join for both the tangible benefits and the support they get for their programs from vendors, associations, and each other. Check it out here: