The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America made the most of its participation at the AWFS Fair, the first in-person nati0nal woodworking trade show in two years.
As Scott Nelson was happy to attest, “It was wonderful to be back in action and to meet face-to-face with industry and new industry colleagues, educators, and sponsors. While COVID impacted the attendance, particularly from Canadians, it did not dampen the great enthusiasm among those who participated in the show.”
Among the highlights, the WCA presented “Building a Training Program for Your Woodworkers,” a 2.5-hour workshop attended by nearly 60 woodworking executives. The lively back-and-forth discussion was led by Bruce Spitz, a member of WCA’s board of directors, right, and Scott Nelson, president of the WCA. Each attendee left the session armed with a training template unique to his or her company’s needs that was created during the hands-on portion of the program.
The AWFS Fair partnered with Expo Auctions to conduct a silent auction during the four-day show. The auction, featuring signed sports collectibles, framed artwork, get-away trips, and more raised money for the WCA’s EDUcation fund and industry outreach programs.
In addition to learning about the WCA’s credentialing programs and skill standards, visitors to the WCA’s booth had the opportunity to test their finishing skills using the SimSpary virtual reality module. The interactive demonstrations were facilitated by Mimbus, a gold sponsor of the WCA,