Entries by Richard Christianson

WCA Students Win Four First-Place Awards in AWFS Fair Fresh Wood Competition

Students enrolled in school woodworking programs affiliated with the Woodwork Career Alliance of North America made a strong showing at the AWFS Fair in taking home four first-place and two second-place awards in the Fresh Wood Student Design Competition. The student winners representing WCA EDUcation schools in the biennial competition included: First Place, Seating – […]

WCA ‘Back in Action’ at AWFS Fair

The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America made the most of its participation at the AWFS Fair, the first in-person national 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. […]

Welcome New Members & Sponsors!

The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America is pleased to welcome 20 new EDUcation™ member schools, three new MANufacturing™ members, two new sponsors, and 17 renewing INDustry™ Sponsors. Thank you for your membership and support! New EDUcation™ Members Appleton East High School – Appleton, WI Black River High School – Black River Falls, WI Cumberland […]

Zooming in on the Virtual 2021 SkillsUSA Cabinetmaking Championships

The technical chair of the AWI SkillsUSA Committee discusses the challenges and ultimate satisfaction of pulling off this year’s national competition remotely.   The annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference is the most anticipated event for students of high school and postsecondary career and technical education programs across the nation. Loaded with pageantry and […]

Columbia High School Bucks the Trend

While high school woodshops are disappearing at an alarming rate nationally, this small school located in rural North Carolina is looking to expand its new woodworking program. It’s said that when the bandsaw leaves the building, it’s never coming back and neither is the woodshop program it was used in. Sadly, this adage has proven […]

WCA partners with Woodworking Network on crucial workforce study

Survey results to be presented at 2021 Executive Briefing Conference. Woodworking Network and the Woodwork Career Alliance of North America (WCA) have joined forces to conduct a ground-breaking survey exploring the woodworking industry’s top workforce development issues. The main objectives of this benchmark study are three-fold: To assess the U.S. and Canadian woodworking industries’ challenge […]

AWFS®Fair Auction Supports Woodworking Skills Development

Net proceeds from the special event will help fund credentialing programs offered by the Woodwork Career Alliance to students and professionals. LAS VEGAS – The AWFS®Fair will host a silent auction with net proceeds benefitting the Woodwork Career Alliance of North America. The WCA is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and growing a skilled […]

WCA, AWFS and AWI produce video promoting woodworking careers

Three woodworking organizations partnered to produce a six-minute video that is airing on public television stations nationwide to create awareness of career opportunities in the wood products industry. The video, produced by “In Depth with Laurence Fishburne,” an award-winning educational television series highlighting the evolution of education, medicine, science, technology, and industry through inspiring stories. It […]