Building a Bridge Between Woodworking Education & Industry

Mark Smith, industrial technology teacher at Reed-Custer High School in Braidwood, IL, is in the news again. MultiBriefs, an online source of industry specific news, recently posted an article about Smith and his program.

“Supporting Student Success Through Industry Outreach” delves into Smith’s long-time and continuing efforts to forge relationships with the woodworking industry through a mix of press releases, social media posts and personalized thank you certificates and videos. The payback, the article notes, has been tremendous. “People from industry have generously given technical advice, career guidance, mentoring, equipment donations, financial support as well as internship and career opportunities.”

Read the full article.

You can also learn about Smith’s views on the importance of promoting his program in an article WCA posted last July.


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