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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

 

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Seymour High School woodworking students

State of the Woodwork Career Alliance

Avery High School students work toward earning their Sawblade certificates.

Q&A with Scott Nelson, president of the WCA.

2020-21 will go down as a time many of us would like to forget but will always remember. It may not have been all bad, but it most certainly was not all good.

Scott Nelson, president of the Woodwork Career Alliance, rolled up his sleeves to field questions about the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the non-profit organization and its core members. He also offered a glimpse of WCA programs and activities moving forward.

I would say that the best thing that came out of this challenging year is that we created a totally online training platform for our accredited skill evaluators. — Scott Nelson

Rich Christianson: How has the WCA managed to keep things together in the face of the unprecedented challenges posed by the pandemic?

Scott Nelson: It’s been an interesting year, to say the least. There was a lot of uncertainty because we didn’t know how severe Covid would get and how long the pandemic would last. I was concerned about what was going to happen for the 2020-21 school year and how many of our EDUcation members might not renew. Fortunately, our renewals were very strong. We even added some new schools giving us a slight net gain for the year.

To get a better handle on how our EDUcation members’ woodworking programs were doing, we conducted a pair of surveys. The first one was done in Spring 2020 right after the pandemic began. Then, we conducted a follow-up survey in the Fall. That second survey was especially revealing. We learned that nearly one-fifth of our member schools were closed, meaning students were being taught woodworking solely online. About 30 percent of the schools were in a hybrid model in which students alternated on different days between taking classes in-person and remote. Even schools that were fully open still had to limit how many students could be in the woodshop.

In preparation for the 2020-21 school year, we beefed up our online resource library exclusively available to our EDUcation and MANufacturing members. I particularly want to thank Patrick Molzahn of Madison College for creating dozens of new machinery videos and also added related lesson plans and instructor notes to the library. Based on the log-in activity, we know that a lot more teachers took advantage of these materials than in past years.

Right now, I’m extremely busy processing and sending out Sawblade Certificates for qualifying students. I was pleasantly surprised by how many of our programs were able to certify students for their Sawblade Certificates especially considering that many of them had limited opportunities to be in the shop. I applaud the teachers and students for rising to the challenge.

Christianson: Have there been any silver linings in this era of Covid?

Nelson: I would say that the best thing that came out of this challenging year is that we created a totally online training platform for our accredited skill evaluators. That has turned out to be very successful. The training can be done at the teachers’ leisure and it has a much more in-depth training component to it with one-on-one sessions between the lead instructor and the teacher.

So far, we’ve certified about 10 of more than instructors enrolled from 13 states for online ASE training. These teachers will be able to evaluate and test their students for their Sawblade Certificates. So, that has great potential to grow that program. All in all, I really feel good about it. I think that those who are getting their certification through the online program are excellent. I feel confident that they will be able to evaluate and register students correctly.

Christianson: That’s great news, but I imagine there’s been some downside. In what area has the WCA most struggled?

Nelson: We had some really good momentum heading into the pandemic. If I had to point to one thing, I’d say Covid slowed us down in the visibility department. Not having a live IWF last summer hurt. We always get a lot of traffic and the industry’s awareness of who we are and what we do always perks up because of the shows. We did do the virtual IWF Connect and AWI convention, but people don’t come looking for what they don’t know about so consequently our traffic was a fraction of what we are used to. Plus, I missed face-to-face conversations. It really hurt not being able to get our message out at shows, especially to our outreach efforts to wood product manufacturers.

Christianson: Sounds like your ready to get back at it in Las Vegas for the AWFS Fair.

Nelson: Absolutely. I’m looking forward to the AWFS Fair. I think everybody is, both on the supply and machine side and the wood manufacturing side. With the vaccine getting widespread usage, I feel it will be a good show. I think everyone who attends will do so with a purpose and I’m sure there will be a lot of new products to see since the 2019 AWFS Fair.

I’m excited about talking to people about what’s new with the WCA, including the online ASE training. Bruce Spitz (a WCA board member) and I will conduct a workforce development workshop. The program is geared toward helping companies pull together some of the essentials for starting or improving their own training program. Our goal is to help attendees develop a training template unique to their business to take back to their shops to flush out and implement.

We’re also partnering with Mimbus again. They’re bringing the SimSpray virtual reality device for training spray finishing. It’s a great magnet for drawing people into our booth.

Christianson: Now that we appear to be coming out of the pandemic are you seeing a surge of activity?

Nelson: I would say so. I’m definitely seeing a surge of teachers certifying students for their Sawblade Certificates who were unable to do so last year. Because their students were not in class, they couldn’t do the machinery evaluations.

We are also seeing some schools signing up in April, which is not totally unusual but is still a good sign that they are getting back in business and plan to be even more operational in the fall. I think we’re signing on new schools not only to utilize the WCA’s resources but also because the pendulum is swinging back toward the trades. More people are finding out that there are good career opportunities that you can get without going tremendously in debt at a four-year college. Consequently, more high school and postsecondary schools with woodworking programs are seeing the need to offer national certification based on the industry’s best practices and needs.

Richard Memory, left, and Chuck Buck pose with Memory’s Gold credential project.

Christianson: You’ve made several references to growth in school woodworking program membership, what about industry participation?

Nelson: Thanks in large part to financial support from our Gold and Silver sponsors, I think we’ve made good progress in making more wood product manufacturers aware of us through our press releases, plus participation at industry events and word of mouth. We’re adding new manufacturing members, but we have a long way to go. The reality is that we’re a small, non-profit organization with limited funds and really count on the work of dedicated volunteers to make things happen. We have a lot of ideas for new programs but have to stay focused and make priorities. The new online ASE training is a perfect example of that.

I’d love to see more companies step up to the plate like Jefferson Millwork has. They recently helped Richard Memory, one of their employees, be awarded the industry’s first WCA Gold credential. Jefferson has taken the initiative and demonstrated how a company can create a career path and opportunities for an employee to move up the ladder by tying training and incentives to motivate that person to learn and grow their skills.

We’re always looking for new ways to become more relevant to wood manufacturers. That’s why I’m excited that we’re partnering with Woodworking Network on a new workforce development survey. We all know that finding and keeping good employees is an immense challenge for the woodworking industry. We’re hoping the survey will help us identify some potential solutions and provide us guidance for developing new programs.

Christianson: Anything you would like to add?

Nelson: I’m just really looking forward to putting Covid in the rearview mirror and getting back to a little more normalcy.

 

Welcome New Members & Sponsors!


The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America is pleased to welcome eight new EDUcation™ member schools, two new MANufacturing™ members, 15 renewing INDustry™ Sponsors.

Thank you for your membership and support!

New EDUcation™ Members
Appleton East High School, Appleton, WI
Columbia High School, Columbia, NC
Cumberland County High School, Burkesville, KY
Florence High School, Florence, CO
Orangeville District Secondary School, Orangeville, Ontario, CA
River Falls High School, River Falls, WI
Seventy First High School, Fayetteville, NC
TC Robertson High School, Tryon, NC

Find WCA EDUcation™ woodworking programs in your area.


New MANufacturing™ Members
Busby Cabinets. Alachua, FL
Millwork by Design Inc., Tucson, AZ

INDustry™ Gold Sponsor Renewals
Atlantic Plywood,
Woburn, MA
Daniels-Olsen, A Metro Hardwoods Company,
Sioux Falls, SD
KCD Software, Cataumet, MA
M.L. Campbell, Ft. Erie, ON
National Building Material Distributors Association, 
Chicago, IL
SCM Group USA, Duluth, GA
Sherwin-Williams, Cleveland, OH
Stiles Machinery
Grand Rapids, MI
Wurth Group. Lincolnshire, IL

INDustry™ Silver Sponsor Renewals
Aiken Controls,
Lenoir, NC
Bessey Group, Cambridge, ON
C.R. Onsrud, Troutman, NC
Sorrelli Woodwork Consultants, Brooklyn, NY
WDLusk Consulting, Midlothian, TX
Weima, Fort Mill, NC

View all WCA INDustry™ Sponsors & Supporters.

Learn more about the benefits of becoming a WCA sponsor.

Welcome New Members & Sponsors!


The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America is pleased to welcome seven new EDUcation™ member schools, two new MANufacturing™ member, and three new INDustry™ Sponsors. We also welcome back eight sponsors for another year.

Thank you for your membership and support!

New EDUcation™ Members
Coleman High School, Coleman, WI
Columbine High School, Littleton, CO
Hutchinson High School, Hutchinson, MN
Oak Creek High School, Oak Creek, WI
Rosemount High School, Rosemount, MN
Swansboro High School, Swansboro, NC
West Ottawa High School, Holland, MI

Find WCA EDUcation™ woodworking programs in your area.


New MANufacturing™ Members
Allegheny Millwork, Lawrence, PA
Barlow Architectural Woodwork, Hampstead, NH

New INDustry™ Gold Sponsor
Cantek America, Blaine, WA

INDustry™ Gold Sponsor Renewals
AWI Quality Control Program,
Potomoc Falls, VA
Blum,
Stanley, NC
Roseburg Forest Products,
Roseburg, OR
Sherwin-Williams,
Cleveland, OH
Weinig/Holz-Her,
Mooresville, NC

New INDustry™ Silver Sponsors
Black Bros.,
Mendota, IL
Gemini Coatings, El Reno, OK

INDustry™ Silver Sponsor Renewals
Eagle Mouldings
, Minneapolis, MN
IMA-Schelling, Morrisville, NC
Kerfkore, Brunswick, GA

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Welcome New Members & Sponsors!


The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America is pleased to welcome 17 new EDUcation™ member schools, three new MANufacturing™ member, and one new EDUcation Supporter. We also welcome back five sponsors for another year.

Thank you for your membership and support!

New EDUcation™ Members

Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School, Clariton, MA
Burlington High School, Burlington, WI
East Troy High School, East Troy, WI
Hanford High School, Richland, WA
Hiwassee Dam High School, Murphy, NC
Jefferson-Lewis BOCES, Watertown, NY
Laurelbrook Academy, Dayton, TN
McDowell High School, Marion, NC
North Mason High School, Belfair, WA
Port Angeles High School, Port Angeles, WA
Roseburg High School, Roseburg, OR
St. Francis High School, St. Francis, WI
Silverton High School, Silverton, OR
Technical Careers High School, Idaho Falls, ID
Watertown High School, Watertown, WI
Western Michigan Christian High School, Norton Shores, MI
Whitnail High School, Greenfield, WI

Find WCA EDUcation™ woodworking programs in your area.

New EDUcation™ Supporter
Microvellum Software,
Central Point, OR


New MANufacturing™ Member
Advantage Architectural Woodwork
, Colby, KS
J. Miles Construction LLC, Shady Side, MD
Nucraft Furniture Co., Comstock Park, MI


INDustry™ Gold Sponsor Renewal
Newman Machinery,
Browns Summit, NC
SawStop LLC, Tualtin, OR


INDustry™ Silver Sponsor Renewal
Brookhuis, Suwanee, GA
Rowland Woodworking, High Point, NC
Sorrelli Woodwork Consultants, Brooklyn, NY

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Welcome New Members & Sponsors!


The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America is pleased to welcome 16 new EDUcation™ member schools, one new MANufacturing™ member, and three new INDustry™ Sponsors. We also welcome back nine sponsors for another year.

Thank you for your membership and support!

New EDUcation™ Members

Burns High School, Lawndale, NC
Crest High School, Shelby, NC
Greenville High School, Greenwood, WI
Hendersonville High School, Hendersonville, NC
Hocking College, Nelsonville, OH
Lancaster High School, Lancaster, WI
Merrill High School, Merrill, WI
North Henderson High School, Hendersonville, NC
Platteville High School, Platteville, WI
Sevastopol High School, Sturgeon Bay, WI
Seymour High School, Seymour, WI
Sheboygan Central High School, Sheboygan, WI
Shoshoni High School, Shoshoni WY
Webster High School, Webster, WI
West Essex High School, North Caldwell, NH
West Henderson High School, Hendersonville, NC

Find WCA EDUcation™ woodworking programs in your area.


New MANufacturing™ Member
Hunter Trim & Cabinets, Fort Worth, TX

New INDustry™ Gold Sponsor
Festool, Lebanon, IN
Kreg Tool, Huxley, IA

INDustry™ Gold Sponsor Renewal
Friulmac,
Hickory, NC
Shopbot Tools,
Durham, NC
Wood-Ed Table by Mimbus, Chicago, IL

New INDustry™ Silver Sponsors
Bessey Tools, Cambridge, ON

GDP Guhdo,
Marietta, GA

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The Trials and Tribulations of Teaching Woodworking Online

Doug Rappe of the Greater West Town Community Development Project used this setup for teaching a Google Classroom remote wood identification class.

The novel coronavirus pandemic has left an indelible mark on education institutions across North America by forcing the vast majority of schools to close for the remainder of the academic year.

The transition from teaching students in the classroom to online has most especially been fraught with challenges for woodworking instructors belonging to the Woodwork Career Alliance of North America. As if having to dispense with woodshop activities wasn’t hard enough, most teachers were given only a few days of notice that their school was being shut.

With so little warning, they scrambled to develop new lesson plans for online instruction on the fly.

Don Stoneburner, a student at Boyceville High School, proudly displays the WCA Sawblade certificate he earned after successfully completing the online test.

While online learning cannot make up for the hands-on experience of using equipment and tools to create wood projects, woodworking instructors participating in a survey of the Woodwork Career Alliance of North America explained how they revamped their curricula to incorporate a variety of alternative coursework and online resources. This includes taking advantage of videos, woodworking articles, past SkillsUSA project plans and other materials available online to WCA EDUcation members.

In spite of the disruptions created by COVID-19, several of the high school instructors said they already had or were in the process or preparing students to take the online test to earn their WCA Sawblade Certificate. Fortunately these students had already been evaluated on machine setup and operation on jointers, table saws and other basic woodworking equipment before their schools closed.

Some of the key questioned posed in the WCA COVID-19 survey included:

  • How have their programs been impacted by the coronavirus outbreak?
    What types of information are they teaching online?
  • How many educators are accessing the WCA’s resource library and what materials are they using?
  • What tools would they like to see added to the resource library?
  • Would they be willing to “donate” resources they have developed for their program to the WCA’s tool box for use by their peers?

Survey Highlights
Twenty-eight woodworking educators responded to the survey, including 26 high school teachers, one college instructor and one community training program instructor.

Seventy-nine percent of the respondents said their schools were shuttered due to state stay-at-home orders and were teaching classes online. Fourteen percent said their schools were closed and they were not teaching online.

Hurley High School students apply a finish to their woodshop project.

Forty-six percent said they were utilizing WCA online training resources, with several others indicating they planned to take a closer look at the videos and written materials available.

The bulk of the survey was composed of open-ended questions. Most of the teachers participating in the survey gave permission for information from their responses to be directly attributed to them In most cases they were sent questions to clarify or embellish some of their responses.

What follows are encapsulated summaries of how some of the woodworking instructors who took part in the survey have dealt with the shift to teaching classes online.

Frank Fetzer, woodworking, engineering and math teacher, Boyceville High School, Boyceville, WI
Fetzer said he featured measurement demonstrations and tests, YouTube woodworking videos and online discussions have been featured in online classes. In addition, he said he gave students “home maintenance assignments.” “These are not necessarily woodworking, but does give them something hands-on to do at home.” He also had students read/watch Fine Woodworking articles/videos with assigned write ups. Finally, he’s working on helping eligible students pass the WCA Sawblade test. Read expanded commentary.

Mickey Turner, woodworking 1, 2, 3 at John Holmes High School, Edenton, NC
“This whole thing has been hard for me to process,” Turner said. “I am a first-year teacher still learning the process and now this. Especially considering that I just got to the apply power tools agenda. There is no app for woodworking.” In the absence of being able to provide hands-on woodworking instruction for his students, Turner said, “I’ve been giving them bell ringers like school.net test questions, portable and stationary power tool safety procedures and quiz booklets. I have added some short instructional videos on portable power tools and some YouTube videos.”

Students work in tandem in Ashville High School’s woodworking shop.

Scott Bruening, tech education teacher, Kettle Moraine High School, Wales, WI
“I’m just finding it really difficult not being able to do anything hands-on at this point,” Bruening said. “I’m just trying to get more resources online for students to access. I’ve been using the older version of the textbook. We’ve focused on techniques and types of joinery in a visual manner, plus vocabulary, key terms and general knowledge items.” Read expanded commentary.

Marc Fry, woods manufacturing instructor, Green Bay East High School, Green Bay, WI
“I am struggling to find any visual examples, formats or layout of any woods instructor online,” Fry said. “Is there a way someone could provide Google classroom-ready slides and worksheets that are easily downloadable along with some kind of answer sheet and key?” Fry added that he taught four sections of Woods 1 and Advanced Woods 2. One online resource Fry mentioned using by name is edpuzzle.com.

Tom Hillstead, cabinetmaking instructor, Saint Paul College, Saint Paul, MN
Hillstead is the only college-level woodworking instructor to participate in the survey. He said he focused on teaching CAD/CNC software; laminates and surfaces; hardware used in casework and estimating. “I have 15 students this semester and they have adapted very well to our adjusted learning environment,” Hillstead said. “It’s not their first choice but… We have five courses this semester, three of which we were able to move online. One course, which was to run the last 8 weeks, will require “gap” instruction once we are able to return to the shop later this summer. It’s been an adjustment for everyone, but overall, it’s been positive. Even though the hands-on experience can never be replaced, my students and I have all learned a lot about the available technology, and I’m looking forward to incorporating where I can into future courses. Lots of videotaped demos!”

John Stearns, instructor, The MiLL and Peyton High School, Colorado Springs and Peyton, CO
In transitioning to online teaching, Stearns said he placed greater emphasis on reading and creating drawings, soft skills like leadership and personal growth, the business of woodworking and cabinet identification. He added that he has used old SkillsUSA project drawings in the WCA’s online resource for students to practice creating a bill of materials.

Roger Peterson, woods instructor, Hurley School, Hurley, WI
“I’m just trying to keep the kids engaged and understand how to do some things online,” Peterson said. “We are project planning for next year, revisiting some WCA Sawblade credentialing material (including measurement) and seeing how we can apply what we learned through the year to work on ‘around the house’ projects. This is a challenging time and when students see everyone working together to get through this … THAT is what they are truly learning!”

Tom Witt, woods manufacturing instructor, Monroe High School, Monroe, WI
“I am a dual credit teacher instructing 47 students online and have access to Patrick Molzahn’s information and videos on the WCA website,” Witt said. “We have focused on technical information and machine safety utilizing text and video demonstrations.” For his beginning level Woods Manufacturing 1 class, Witt said, “I am going through all the machines in the order that we use them to ‘square’ a single piece of stock including radial arm saws, jointers, planers and table saws.”

Doug Rappe, program coordinator, Greater West Town Training Partnership, Chicago, IL
“We are teaching the classroom portion of the curriculum remotely including math, reading, print reading and job readiness,” said Rappe, whose program trains economically disadvantaged adults for woodworking careers. Rappe said he has used some of the WCA videos produced by Patrick Molzahn, director of the cabinetmaking and millwork program at Madison College. Read expanded commentary.

Molly Turner, wood manufacturing instructor, Ignacio High School and Middle School, Ignacia, CO
“I’ve used Fine Woodworking/Fine Homebuilding online access to have students do research and read articles,” Turner said. “We are also getting ready to test students for their Sawblade certificates in my upper level classes. These students have reviewed machine set-up and operation standards. I’m also going to use the Sawblade certificate quiz as part of their final exam.”

Turner said she has utilized a Career Exploration packet that features “two career profiles including salaries, pros and cons, SkillsUSA framework and a resume,” plus UGears model kits with a project log and a product review at the end. “I’m brainstorming on project learning options that can be done at home with no tools, maybe pre-fabricated kits similar to UGears laser-cut models or paper automata karakuri projects,” she added. Read expanded commentary.

Christopher Randall, Asheville High School, Asheville, NC
“My candidates all did the Sawblade certificate performance widget right before we were all sent home,” Randall said. “I digitally reviewed so that they could take their online Sawblade tests. I’ve also used the free Fine Woodworking archives link on the WCA’s website.” Randall added, “Since turnout is low and I am at home practicing social distance and home schooling my own children, I am simply filming videos and sharing building projects with my students. They are sharing back with me what they can build at home.” Read expanded commentary.

Steve Swanson, Wauwatosa West High School, Wauwatosa, WI
“We are designing a kitchen using ADA standards and some household measurements,” Swanson said, adding that he utilized some of the measurement materials available in the WCA’s online resources.

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A student at Ignacio School operates a Kreg router back in the pre-COVID-19 pandemic days.

29 High Schools Join Woodwork Career Alliance

Students of Hononegah High School pose with their fall semester woodworking projects.

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, Utah, Washington and Alberta, Canada.

With the newly added schools, WCA EDU membership now totals more than 130 in the U.S. and Canada. In addition to high school woodshops, EDU membership includes college woodworking programs and other career technical education institutions.

EDU member programs are licensed to use the WCA Woodworking Skill Standards and Passport credentialing program recognized throughout North America. Other EDU member benefits include access to training materials and videos, plus free and exclusive discounts for woodshop necessities through the WCA Essentials Benefit Package.

Chadrick Parrott, who has been teaching woodworking classes for 12 years, including the last seven at Indian Valley High School of Gnadenhutten, OH, said he chose to join the WCA “to formalize my curriculum to align with current industry standards. I hope to improve our curriculum and develop relationships with other teachers and industry professionals.”

Jason Glodowski, who instructs about 50 students each year at Hononegeh High School in Rockton, IL, said, “I decided to join the WCA because of the national certification that students can obtain as well as the standardized nationally recognized assessments in the program. I’m hoping my local business partners recognize and value my certified students in the hiring process. And I’m also hoping that it brings more local and state recognition to my program, in regards to level of quality and what is to be expected of my students.” Glodowski noted that Hononegeh High School plans to add a second level cabinetry class.

“We’re pleased to welcome these new EDU members to the WCA,” said Scott Nelson, WCA president. “These schools are demonstrating their commitment to making sure their woodworking programs are in line with industry’s needs for candidates who have been trained to safely operate equipment and have demonstrated the aptitude to continue growing their woodworking skills.”

The full list of new WCA EDU member high schools includes:

Arroyo High School, El Monte, CA
Bartlett Yancey High School, Yanceyville, NC
Battle Ground High School, Brush Prairie, WA
Beloit Memorial High School, Beloit, WI
Bertie High School, Windsor, NC
Crosby-Ironton High School, Crosby, MN
D.C. Everest High School, Schofield, WI
Dakota High School, Dakota, IL
F. J. Turner High School, Beloit, WI
Fennimore High School, Fennimore, WI
Franklin High School, Franklin, WI
Hillcrest High School, Midvale, UT
Hononegah Community School, Rockton, IL
Indian Valley High School, Gnadenhutten, OH
Jefferson High School, Jefferson, WI
Johns A. Holmes High School, Edenton, NC
Kettle Moraine High School, Wales, WI
Lord Beaverbrook High School, Calgary, AB
Louisburg High School, Franklinton, NC
Mukwonago High School, Mukwonago, WI
Oregon High School, Oregon, WI
Palmyra-Eagle High School, Palmyra, WI
Pecatonica High School, Pecatonica, IL
Ridgewood High School, Norridge, IL
San Marcos High School, Santa Barbara, CA
South Milwaukee High School, South Milwaukee, WI
Spring Creek High School, Spring Creek, NV
Stoughton High School, Stoughton, WI
West High School, Wauwatosa, WI

About the Woodwork Career Alliance
The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America was founded in 2007 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and is governed by a volunteer board of directors. The WCA’s mission is to develop and administer a unified set of Skill Standards for the wood products industry. Since 2011, WCA has developed observable and measurable performance standards and assessments for more than 300 woodworking machine operations. In addition, WCA has issued more than 2,500 credentials, a portable, personal permanent record documenting each holder’s record of woodworking skill achievements. More than 130 high schools and post-secondary schools throughout North America are WCA EDUcation™ members and a growing number of woodworking companies have joined the WCA as MANufacturing™ members. To learn more about the WCA and how to get involved with its programs, including sponsorship opportunities, visit WoodworkCareer.org.

Welcome New Members & Renewing Sponsors!

The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America is pleased to welcome 20 new EDUcation™ member schools, two new MANufacturing™ members, three new INDustry™ Sponsors. We also welcome back four sponsors for a second year.

Thank you for your membership and support!

EDUcation™ Members
Bartlett Yancey High School, Yanceyville, NC
Battle Ground High School, Brush Prairie, WA
Bertie High School, Windsor, NC
D.C. Everest High School, Schofield, WI
F. J. Turner High School, Beloit, WI Wauwatosa
Fennimore High School, Fennimore, WI
Franklin High School, Franklin, WI
Hononegah Community School, Rockton, IL
Indian Valley High School, Gnadenhutten, OH
Jefferson High School, Jefferson, WI
Johns A. Holmes High School, Edenton, NC
Lord Beaverbrook High School, Calgary, AB
Louisburg High School, Franklinton, NC
Mukwonago High School, Mukwonago, WI
Oregon High School, Oregon, WI
Oxnard High School, Oxnard, CA
Palmyra-Eagle High School, Palmyra, WI
Pecatonica High School, Pecatonica, IL
South Milwaukee High School, South Milwaukee, WI
Spring Creek High School, Spring Creek, NV
West High School, Wauwatosa, WI

Find a WCA EDUcation™ woodworking program in your area.

MANufacturing™ Members
Anton Cabinetry, Pentago, TX
VSI Custom Cabinets Inc., Lynwood, CA

New INDustry™ Gold Sponsors
Architectural Woodwork Institute Quality Certification Program,
Potomoc Falls, VA
Blum Inc., Stanley, NC

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