The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America heads into the 2020s building on the solid foundation of its Passport credentialing program that is widely recognized throughout the United States and Canada. In a recent free-wielding phone interview, Scott Nelson, president of the WCA, discussed the North American wood product industry’s ongoing challenge to recruit, train […]
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The Morris Herald recently published a feature on the Reed-Custer High School (RCHS) woodworking program in Braidwood, IL. The article highlights instructor Mark Smith’s commitment to teaching students not only how to work wood, but the business of woodworking as well. The article notes, “(S)tudents learn business acumen, industry standards and how to network with […]
The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America is pleased to welcome five new EDUcation™ member schools, one new MANufacturing™ member, three new INDustry™ Sponsors. We also welcome back nine sponsors for another year. Thank you for your membership and support! New EDUcation™ Members Canaan Memorial High School, Canaan, VT Hill-McCloy High School, Montrose, MI MakeHaven […]
This short, yet informative video, highlights the Cabinetmaking & Millwork program at Madison College. The program is a charter EDUcation member of the Woodwork Career Alliance of North America. Learn more about WCA EDU membership.
Ethan Harrison calls representing the United States in the international competition a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity.’ “Very, very intense.” That’s how Ethan Harrison described competing in the WorldSkills Cabinetmaking competition held last October in Kazan, Russia. “Every second you had to be doing something and thinking ahead to the next things that had […]
Nellysford, VA – The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America welcomes 29 high school woodworking programs as EDUcation™ members for the 2019-20 academic year. The 29 new EDU members include 13 schools in Wisconsin, four each in North Carolina and Illinois, and two in California. The other six schools are located in Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, […]
The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America has updated its Passport with the latest information about the WCA’s credentialing program and how it works. The updated Passport includes: Overview of the WCA’s more than 300 woodworking skill standards from layout to finishing. Explanation of certification levels beginning with the Sawblade Certificate for students and Green […]
Seventeen more educators recently completed their Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA) Skill Evaluator training at Madison College. These teachers are now certified to award WCA skill points and credentials to their students. While the WCA has evaluators in 23 states and two Canadian provinces, Wisconsin has the highest concentration of Accredited Skill Evaluators (ASE) in North […]
WCA is ending the annual renewal process for all EDUcation members and I am happy to report that the renews are coming in at a very good rate. In addition, we have added 21 schools as EDUcation members, plus two new woodworking companies to the ranks of our growing MANufacturing membership. See the full list […]
Woodworking track of the state’s annual Career and Technical Education Summer Conference includes a strong dose of the Woodwork Career Alliance’s credentialing program. Dan Kern, woodworking instructor of Montgomery County high schools in North Carolina, is walking the talk. Not only is the holder of Woodwork Career Alliance Passport #110 employing the WCA skill standards […]