August 2, 2016 at 9:00 am #6933
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August 2, 2016 at 9:00 am #6934
Woodwork Career Alliance to Train Skills Evaluators at IWF
Nellysford, VA – July 5, 2016 – The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America (WCA), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to addressing the woodworking industry’s critical skilled worker shortage through the development and assessment of skill standards, will conduct seven sessions to train Accredited Skill Evaluators during the International Woodworking Fair, August 24-27 in Atlanta.
Accredited Skill Evaluators are responsible for assessing and awarding skill stamps to woodworkers participating in the WCA’s Passport credential program. The WCA Passport is a portable, personal, permanent record of skill achievements by the individual holder as a woodworking professional. The WCA has developed observable and measurable performance standards and assessments for more than 240 woodworking machine operations so far.
Through cooperation with IWF management, the WCA is offering a “show special” $100 registration fee for the skill evaluator training sessions. The $150 discount is being evenly split by IWF and the WCA.
Individuals interested in participating in one of the three-hour sessions are encouraged to register in advance. Each session will be limited to four participants. The sessions are scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon on all four days of the show and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday at the Georgia World Congress Center.
“We are very thankful of IWF’s generous support and willingness to host these training sessions,” said Scott Nelson, president of the WCA. “Accredited Skill Evaluators play a crucial role with the WCA Passport program. IWF is providing us with a great opportunity to add new evaluators to the ranks.”
For more information about the WCA’s accredited skill evaluator program visit WoodworkCareerAlliance.org. To register for one of the training sessions, contact Scott Nelson, WCA president, at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (402) 610-6043.
In addition to the training sessions, WCA representatives will provide information about the Skill Standards and related Passport program during IWF at booth #4067. Learn more at WoodworkCareer.org.
About the Woodwork Career Alliance
The Woodwork Career Alliance was founded in 2007 as a 501C(3) non-profit corporation and is governed by a volunteer board of directors. The WCA’s mission is to develop and administer a unified set of Skill Standards for the wood products industry. Since 2011, WCA has developed observable and measurable performance standards and assessments for more than 240 woodworking machine operations. In addition, WCA has issued over 1,000 Passports, a portable, personal permanent record documenting each holder’s record of achievements as a woodworking professional. More than 125 high schools and post-secondary schools throughout North America are WCA EDUcation® members. To learn more about the WCA and how to get involved with its programs, visit http://www.WoodworkCareer.org.
Accredited Skill Evaluators who pass muster through the Woodwork Career Alliance’s training regimen are responsible for assessing and awarding skill stamps to woodworkers participating in the WCA’s Passport credential program.
October 18, 2016 at 1:58 pm #7445The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America, in its ongoing efforts to proactively address the woodworking industry’s critical skilled worker shortage, has scheduled a trio of events to train and certify Accredited Skill Evaluators.
Accredited Skill Evaluators are responsible for assessing and awarding tool points to woodworking students and professionals participating in the WCA’s Passport credential program. Enroll Here.
Here’s a rundown of the three up-coming training sessions:
Friday, October 28, 2016
12:30 p.m. — 4:30 p.m.
Madison Area Technical College
Note: This program is SOLD OUT; a wait list has been started. Register to get your name on the list.
Patrick Molzahn, director of the Cabinetmaking and Millwork program at Madison Area Technical College and founding member of the WCA Board of Directors, will instruct this evaluator training session. It represents the seventh ASE training Molzahn has conducted at the college’s state-of-the-art woodworking education center since April 2011.
“Madison College is pleased to be a partner in the WCA credentialing system,” Molzahn said. “The WCA Skill Standards are integrated into our curriculum and we offer the credential as a voluntary opportunity for our students. Our employers frequently ask students to see their passport when interviewing. The WCA has helped us refine our curriculum and better prepare graduates for employment. Furthermore, it helps define a career path and offers a vehicle for continuous improvement.”
Pre-registration is required to attend this session. The 16 seats are currently Sold Out, and we’ve started a Wait List. (Two of the “taken” seats are tentative at this writing.)
8:00 a.m. — Noon
Doubletree Oceanfront Hotel
Atlantic Beach, NC
The North Carolina Trade and Industrial Education Teachers Association recently added a WCA Accredited Skill Evaluator training course to its Professional Growth Workshop. Scott Nelson, president of the WCA, will serve as instructor of the program. Through special arrangement with the NCTIETA, WCA has five guest seats available for out-of-state instructors to participate at the discounted price of $50. Pre-registration is required.
July 19-22, 2017
Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV
Mark your calendar to attend one of the WCA’s Accredited Skill Evaluator training sessions to be held during the AWFS Fair in Las Vegas. WCA is partnering with the Association of Woodworking and Furnishing Suppliers to organize these classes during North America’s biggest woodworking event of 2017. Additional details and registration is forthcoming.
Learn more about the AWFS Fair and bookmark this link –> http://www.awfsfair.org
To participate in a WCA Accredited Skill Evaluator training course, you must:
- Enroll in the program and own a Passport;
- Apply to be an Evaluator and send your completed application to Greg Heuer; and
- Complete, pass and print your certificate from the Skill Evaluator Online Training.
It’s as easy as 1-2-3. Learn more about these ASE requirements.
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