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Firms require skilled workers.

Finding and maintaining a skilled workforce is essential for woodworking companies, many of which employ high-tech machinery and processes. More attention is being paid to woodworker education with training starting as early as high school--middle school even in some cases. It's estimated that there are approximately 5,000 high schools in the United States that offer woodshop and woodworking classes.

Numerous colleges and universities across North America offer a variety of degree programs in wood technology from design to building and construction. Community colleges, tech centers and private companies and associations also offer educational options including certificate programs and master classes.

One industry group taking up the challenge to meet the industry's need for more skilled workers is the Woodwork Career Alliance. Its major undertaking--development and publication of industry-approved Standards of Tool Skills and Evaluations--is aimed at meeting the need for skilled workers in an increasingly competitive global market. The need exists for woodwork manufacturers not only to retain and make optimum use of their current workforce, but to train and retain new workers.

Measurable standards for 12 tool groups, covering more than 50 tools and machines and their operations, have been finalized. When the Skills Standards Project is completed, it will include more than 100 machines and tools as well as the woodworker's relationship to wood shop equipment through skill standards, evaluation and a recognition or credit process.

WCA has completed skills standards for four CNC-controlled machines: 3-Axis Vacuum Pod CNC router; Aggregate Head tooling; Beam Saws; and Nested-Based CNC operation. In process are skill standards for CNC Fixturing. Learn more at



Buffalo State College (716) 878-4000; NY

Center for Furniture

Craftsmanship/ University of

Southern Maine (207) 780-4867

Johnson College (570) 342-6404; PA

Morrisville State College (315) 684-6000; NY

Rhode Island School of Design (401) 454-6100

Rochester Institute of

Technology (585) 475-2411; NY

SASD/University of Bridgeport (203) 576-4222; CT


Alabama A&M University (256) 372-5000

Appalachian Center for Crafts/Tennesse Tech University (931) 372-3101; TN

Appalachian State University (828) 262-2000; NC

Berea College (859) 985-3000; KY

East Tennessee State University (800) 462-3878

Georgia Institute of Technology College of Architecture (404) 894-3880

Mississippi State University (662) 325-2952

North Carolina State University (919) 515-2434

Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (800) 283-0098

The Tennessee Forest Products

Center/University of Tennessee (865) 946-1129

Virginia Tech (540) 231-6000


Iowa State University (515) 294-4111

Kansas State University (785) 532-6011

Kendall College of Art & Design of Ferris State University (800) 676-2787; MI

Northern Michigan University (906) 227-1000

Ohio Northern University (419) 772-2000

Pittsburg State University (620) 231-7000; KS

Purdue University (765) 494-4600; IN

University of Minnesota (800) 752-1000

University of Rio Grande (800) 282-7201; OH

Western Michigan University (269) 387-1000


Brigham Young University (801) 422-4636; UT

College of the Redwoods (800) 641-0400; CA

Oregon College of Art & Craft (800) 390-0632

Oregon State University (541) 737-1000

San Diego State University (619) 594-5200; CA

The Wood Construction Center/Seattle Central (206) 934-5460;

University of Hawaii-Hawaii Community College (808) 934-2500

University of Idaho (208) 885-6111

University of Minnesota (800) 752-1000


British Columbia Institute of Technology (604) 434-5734

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (780) 471-6248

Northern Lights College (250) 782-5251, BC

Selkirk College (888) 953-1133; BC

University College of the Cariboo (250) 828-5000; BC

University of British Columbia Wood Science Department (604) 822-2727; BC

University of Toronto (416) 978-2011, ON

Woodworking Centre of Ontario--Conestoga College-- (519) 748-5220; ON



Bucks County Community College (215)968-8000; PA

Mount Wachusett Community College (978) 632-6600; MA

Thaddeus Stevens State College of Technology (800) 842-3832; PA


Alabama Center for Advanced Woodworking Technology (205) 486-3575

Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) (571) 323-3636; VA

American Wood Finishing Institute LLC (888) 840-2934; VA

Catawba Valley Community College (828) 327-7000; NC

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College (540) 863.2800; VA

Haywood Community College (828) 627-2821; NC

Patrick Henry Community College (276) 638-8777; VA

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College (704) 216-7222; NC

West Virginia Wood Technology Center (304) 637-0803

Wood Education and Resource Center (USDA Forest Service

Facility) (304) 487-1510; WV


American Woodworking Academy (636) 343-3750; MO

Fox Valley Technical College (800) 735-3882; WI

Greater West Town Woodworking Program (312) 563-9570; IL

Hennepin Technical College (952) 995-1300; MN

Kent Career/Technical Center (616) 364-8421; MI

Marc Adams School of Woodworking (317) 535-4013; IN


Cerritos Community College (562) 860-2451; CA

Los Angeles Trade--Technical College (213) 763-7000

Madison Area Technical College (800) 322-6282; WI

Mountain View Education Center (650) 940-1333; CA

Palomar College (760) 744-1150; CA


Rosemount Technology Centre

(514) 376-4725, QC



Scm Group North America

Stiles Machinery


Willow Creek Tool


Appleton City High School

Brighton High School

Cadillac High School

Cedar Ridge High School

Dakota High School


Dale Jackson Career Center

Fletcher's Meadow Secondary


fletchersmeadow (Canada)

Jenkins High School

Morris Community High School

North Salem High School

Nelson County Area Technology


Ontario High School

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