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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 WoodworkCareer.org.

COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES

NORTHEAST

Buffalo State College

buffalostate.edu (716) 878-4000; NY

Center for Furniture

Craftsmanship/ University of

Southern Maine

woodschool.org (207) 780-4867

Johnson College

johnson.edu (570) 342-6404; PA

Morrisville State College

morrisville.edu (315) 684-6000; NY

Rhode Island School of Design

risd.edu (401) 454-6100

Rochester Institute of

Technology

rit.edu (585) 475-2411; NY

SASD/University of Bridgeport

bridgeport.edu (203) 576-4222; CT

SOUTH

Alabama A&M University

Aamu.edu (256) 372-5000

Appalachian Center for Crafts/Tennesse Tech University

tntech.edu (931) 372-3101; TN

Appalachian State University

appstate.edu (828) 262-2000; NC

Berea College

berea.edu (859) 985-3000; KY

East Tennessee State University

etsu.edu (800) 462-3878

Georgia Institute of Technology College of Architecture

coa.gatech.edu (404) 894-3880

Mississippi State University

cfr.msstate.edu (662) 325-2952

North Carolina State University

ncsu.edu (919) 515-2434

Southern Virginia Higher Education Center

svhed.org (800) 283-0098

The Tennessee Forest Products

Center/University of Tennessee

tennessee.edu (865) 946-1129

Virginia Tech

vt.edu (540) 231-6000

MIDWEST

Iowa State University

iastate.edu (515) 294-4111

Kansas State University

k-state.edu (785) 532-6011

Kendall College of Art & Design of Ferris State University

kcad.edu (800) 676-2787; MI

Northern Michigan University

nmu.edu (906) 227-1000

Ohio Northern University

onu.edu (419) 772-2000

Pittsburg State University

pittstate.edu (620) 231-7000; KS

Purdue University

purdue.edu (765) 494-4600; IN

University of Minnesota

umn.edu (800) 752-1000

University of Rio Grande

rio.edu (800) 282-7201; OH

Western Michigan University

wmich.edu (269) 387-1000

WEST

Brigham Young University

byu.edu (801) 422-4636; UT

College of the Redwoods

redwoods.edu (800) 641-0400; CA

Oregon College of Art & Craft

ocac.edu (800) 390-0632

Oregon State University

oregonstate.edu (541) 737-1000

San Diego State University

sdsu.edu (619) 594-5200; CA

The Wood Construction Center/Seattle Central

seattlecentral.edu (206) 934-5460;

University of Hawaii-Hawaii Community College

hawcc.hawaii.edu (808) 934-2500

University of Idaho

uidaho.edu (208) 885-6111

University of Minnesota

umn.edu (800) 752-1000

CANADA

British Columbia Institute of Technology

bcit.ca (604) 434-5734

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

nait.ca (780) 471-6248

Northern Lights College

nlc.bc.ca (250) 782-5251, BC

Selkirk College

selkirk.ca (888) 953-1133; BC

University College of the Cariboo

tru.ca (250) 828-5000; BC

University of British Columbia Wood Science Department

forestry.ubc.ca (604) 822-2727; BC

University of Toronto

utoronto.ca (416) 978-2011, ON

Woodworking Centre of Ontario--Conestoga College--

conestogac.on.ca (519) 748-5220; ON

COLLEGE/CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

NORTHEAST

Bucks County Community College

bucks.edu (215)968-8000; PA

Mount Wachusett Community College

mwcc.edu (978) 632-6600; MA

Thaddeus Stevens State College of Technology

stevenscollege.edu (800) 842-3832; PA

SOUTH

Alabama Center for Advanced Woodworking Technology

acawt.org (205) 486-3575

Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI)

awinet.org (571) 323-3636; VA

American Wood Finishing Institute LLC

awfi.org (888) 840-2934; VA

Catawba Valley Community College

cvcc.edu (828) 327-7000; NC

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College

dslcc.edu (540) 863.2800; VA

Haywood Community College

haywood.edu (828) 627-2821; NC

Patrick Henry Community College

ph.vccs.edu (276) 638-8777; VA

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

rccc.edu (704) 216-7222; NC

West Virginia Wood Technology Center

wvwoodtech.com (304) 637-0803

Wood Education and Resource Center (USDA Forest Service

Facility)

na.fs.fed.us/werc (304) 487-1510; WV

MIDWEST

American Woodworking Academy

awacademy.com (636) 343-3750; MO

Fox Valley Technical College

fvtc.edu (800) 735-3882; WI

Greater West Town Woodworking Program

gwtp.edu (312) 563-9570; IL

Hennepin Technical College

hennepintech.edu (952) 995-1300; MN

Kent Career/Technical Center

thetechcenter.org (616) 364-8421; MI

Marc Adams School of Woodworking

marcadams.com (317) 535-4013; IN

WEST

Cerritos Community College

cerritos.edu (562) 860-2451; CA

Los Angeles Trade--Technical College

lattc.edu (213) 763-7000

Madison Area Technical College

madisoncollege.edu (800) 322-6282; WI

Mountain View Education Center

mvla.net (650) 940-1333; CA

Palomar College

palomar.edu (760) 744-1150; CA

CANADA

Rosemount Technology Centre

rosemount-technology.qc.ca

(514) 376-4725, QC

PRIVATE COMPANIES

Blum

blum.com

Scm Group North America

scmgroupna.com

Stiles Machinery

stilesmachinery.com

Weinig

weinigusa.com

Willow Creek Tool

willowcreektool.com

HIGH SCHOOL

Appleton City High School

appletoncity.k12.mo.us

Brighton High School

bas.k12.mi.us/brightonhigh.cfm

Cadillac High School

cadillac.chs.schooldesk.net

Cedar Ridge High School

orange.k12.nc.us

Dakota High School

chippewavalleyschools.org/schools/

high-schools/dhs

Dale Jackson Career Center

djcc.lisd.net

Fletcher's Meadow Secondary

School

schools.peelschools.org/sec/

fletchersmeadow (Canada)

Jenkins High School

chewelah.k12.wa.us/domain/66

Morris Community High School

morrishs.org

North Salem High School

north.salkeiz.k12.or.us

Nelson County Area Technology

Center

atc.nelson.kyschools.us

Ontario High School

ontarioschools.org/ontariohighschool_home.aspx

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