Entries by Richard Christianson

Stiles Machinery Presents Solid Wood Technology Forum at Madison College

More than 40 individuals from industry and education gathered at a recent lunch and learn sponsored by Stiles Machinery and held at Madison College, Madison, WI. Participants spent the day learning about technology and practical applications for working with solid wood, as well as networking with current students. Stiles product specialist Peter Van Dyke kicked […]

Harbor Freight Supports High School CTE Programs in a Big Way

Harbor Freight, a discount tool retailer based in Calabasas, CA, is furthering its commitment to support U.S. public high school career and technical education programs. In 2013, Harbor Freight launched Harbor Freight Tools for Schools (HTFS) and donated $1.5 million worth of tools to the Los Angeles Unified School District. Last year, the company awarded […]

Welcome New WCA Members and Sponsors!

The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America is pleased to welcome eight new EDUcation™ member schools and five new INDustry™ Sponsors. Thank you for your membership and support! EDUcation™ Members Boyceville High School, Boyceville, WI Dobson High School, Mesa, AZ Junction City High School, Junction City, OR Mesa High School, Mesa, AZ Mountain View High […]

Postsecondary Educators Embrace WCA Credentials

More colleges and adult education woodworking programs are implementing WCA Skill Standards to prepare their students for professional careers. The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America’s (WCA) Passport credentialing system is becoming an integral component of well-respected postsecondary woodworking programs across the nation. Instructors find that implementing the WCA’s nationally-recognized skill standards creates a sturdy […]

Award-Winning Program Trains Under-Employed Adults for Woodworking Careers

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Greater West Town Training Partnership has helped prepare 900 people for jobs in the greater Chicagoland woodworking industry. The Greater West Town Training Partnership (GWTP) of Chicago is one of the more unique EDUcation™ members of the Woodwork Career Alliance of North America. The program aims to link the education […]

AWFS Webinar Targets Integrating WCA Credentialing in the Classroom

The Association of Woodworking & Furnishing Suppliers presented a March 13 webinar focused on Woodwork Career Alliance accredited skills evaluator training. The webinar featured Patrick Molzahn, of program director of Cabinetmaking and Millwork at Madison College in Madison, WI, ,and Bert Christensen, instructor at Westosha Central High School in Westosha, WI.  The duo provided useful […]

The ‘Canadian Connection’ Featured in Winter Pathways

The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America recently released the Winter edition of Pathways, a quarterly newsletter devoted highlighting woodworking education and workforce development. Highlights include: Meet Mick McGowan: The WCA’s Canadian Connection Read how this veteran cabinetmaker and college woodworking instructor is leading the charge to spark Canadian interest and involvement with the Woodwork […]