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Pathways Archives

Pathways – Summer 2021 – Recap of Virtual SkillsUSA Cabinetmaking Contest; Columbia HS Bucks the Trends; AWFS Fair Auction Supports WCA

Pathways – Spring 2021 – State of the Woodwork Career Alliance; Woodworking Students Persevere; WCA Revs Up to AWFS Fair

Pathways – Winter 2021 – Woodworking Industry’s First Gold Credential; ASE Training Goes Online; Hofmann Joins WCA Board

Pathways – Fall 2020WCA’s Follow-up COVID-19 Survey; Virtual Auction at IWF Connect Benefits WCA; Microvellum Software is Newest Edition to EDU Benefits Program

Pathways – Spring 2020WCA The Trials & Tribulations of Teaching Woodworking Online; Studies Show Support for Skilled Trades Education

Pathways – Winter 2020WCA President Talks Training & Credentialing; WorldSkills Report, 29 High Schools Join WCA

Pathways – Fall 2019Jefferson Millwork Woodworker Earns First WCA Red Credential; NC Teachers Go to Summer School; Tim Fixmer’s Commitment to Woodworking Education

Pathways – Summer 2019WCA Gears Up for AWFS Fair in a Big Way, How Mark Smith ‘Casts’a Vision’ to Support his Woodshop Program; Introducing WCA 4.0

Pathways – Spring 2019O’Keefe Millwork’s Looks to St. Paul College for Woodworking Talent; WCA Stakes a Claim in the Yukon

Pathways – Winter 2019Woodworking Training Champions: Luke Barnett & Kristine Cox

Pathways – Fall 2018Making a Case for Woodworking Credentials

Pathways Summer 2018 WCA Skill Standards at the Core of the MiLL Curricula

Pathways Spring 2018Postsecondary Woodworking Programs Embrace WCA Credentials

Pathways Winter 2018Industry Supports Workforce Development

Pathways – Fall 2017 – Maine State Prison Woodshop Pilots WCA Passport Program

Pathways – Summer 2017WCA Sets Busy AWFS Fair Agenda

Pathways – Spring 2017How Jefferson Millwork Uses WCA Skill Standards

Pathways – Winter 2017 – Q & A with the Father of Woodworking Skill Standards

Pathways – Fall 2016 Skill Standards Are Flooring Manufacturers Passport to Success

Pathways – Summer 2016WCA Named WMIA Educator of the Year

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 – High School
“The Nest”
Mohammed Al-Yaseen, Lincoln East High School, Lincoln, NE
Yaseen’s design also won the People’s Choice Award.

First Place, Case Goods – High School
“Juke Box”
Dakota Kelley, Rolla Technical Institute – Rolla, MO
First Place, Design for Production – High School
Josiah Miles, Lincoln East High School, Lincoln, NEFirst Place, 2021 Special Theme: Remote Woodworking – Post Secondary
“Nested Console Tables”
Jenny Hefferan, Madison College, Madison, WI

Second Place, Design for Production – High School
“Some Assembly Required”
Mohammed Al-Yaseen, Lincoln East High School, Lincoln, NE
Second Place, Seating – High School
“Adirondack Chair”
David Olson,  Saint Croix Central High School, Hammond, WI

First Place winners in each category and at each school level received a $1,000 prize. Second Place winners received $500 and Honorable Mention winners received $250. The Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers, organizers of the fair, covered project shipping and the majority of the travel and hotel costs for the students and their teachers to attend the show.

The Fresh Wood 2021 judging panel included Harold Greene, Harold Greene Fine Furnishings; Alan Harp, Alan Harp Designs; and Taryn Schwartz, Ballard Design.

This year’s Fresh Wood competition attracted 102 entries from schools in the United States. Click here to see the full list of the winners.


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 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,

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 County High School – Burkesville, KY
DeSoto High School – DeSoto, WI
East Henderson High School – East Flat Rock, NC
Florence High School – Florence, CO
Holmen High School – Holmen, WI
Lincoln Jr/Sr High School – Alma Center, WI
Mauston High School – Mauston, WI
Melrose Mindoro High School – Melrose, WI
Necedah High School – Necedah, WI
New Lisbon High School – New Lisbon, WI
North Carolina School for the Deaf – Morganton, NC
Onalaska High School – Onalaska, WI
Orangeville District Secondary School – Orangeville, ON – Canada
River Falls High School – River Falls, WI
Seventy First High School – Fayetteville, NC
TC Robertson High School – Tryon, NC
West Salem High School – West Salem, WI
Western Technical College (Tomah) – Tomah, WI

Find WCA EDUcation™ woodworking programs in your area.

New MANufacturing™ Members
Burke Architectural Millwork – Livonia, MI
Busby Cabinets – Alachua, FL
Millwork By Design – Tucson, AZ

INDustry™ Gold Sponsor Renewals
Atlantic Plywood – Woburn, MA
Daniels-Metro Hardwoods – Sioux Falls, SD
KCD Software – Cataumet, MA
Kreg Tool Company – Huxley, IA
M.L. Campbell – The Woodlands, TX
NBMDA – Chicago, IL
Newman Machine Company – Browns Summit, NC
Stiles Machinery/Homag – Kentwood, MI
Thermwood Corp. – Dale, IN
Wood-Ed Table by Mimbus – Chicago, IL
Wurth Group NA
– Vernon Hills, IL

New INDustry™ Silver Sponsors
Daubert Chemical
– Chicago, IL
Gemini Coatings – El Reno, OK

INDustry™ Silver Sponsor Renewals
Aiken Controls
– Lenoir, NC
Bessey Tools of North America – Cambridge, ON
Brookhuis America – Suwanee, GA
C.R. Onsrud Inc. – Troutman, NC
Sorrelli Woodwork Consultants – Delray Beach, FL
Weima America – Fort Mill, SC


View all WCA INDustry™ Sponsors & Supporters.

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