AWFS Roundup

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  • April 25th, 2017
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“Closing the Skills Gap and Boosting U.S. Competitiveness”

Closing the Skills Gap and Boosting U.S. Competitiveness U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation March 29, 2017 (courtesy of LobbyIt.com) The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation convened a hearing to explore the technical skills gap in the U.S. manufacturing sector, and to highlight the steps that have already been taken to […]

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  • April 25th, 2017
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“Providing More Students a Pathway to Success by Strengthening Access to Career and Technical Education”

Providing More Students a Pathway to Success by Strengthening Access to Career and Technical Education U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce February 28, 2017 (courtesy of LobbyIt) The House Committee on Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, chaired by Todd Rokita (R-IN), held a hearing to discuss […]

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  • April 25th, 2017
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AWFS and other Trade Groups Call on Legislators

(February 28, 2017) Members of the AWFS Public Policy Committee, along with nearly 40 other individuals from wood products manufacturing trade associations and their member companies, flew to Capitol Hill the week of February 13, calling on over three dozen legislative offices to give voice and bring awareness to issues of concern for our industry. […]

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  • April 14th, 2017
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What’s Happening in Workforce Development—and What You Can Do

Over the last several years, a Perfect Storm has been swelling in regards to re-valuing the inclusion of skilled trades in public schools.  While change doesn’t come easy, educational institutions have been advancing in a direction of re-instating hands-on classes and touting them as critical to a comprehensive curriculum as well as to a country […]

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  • March 15th, 2017
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Bid Adieu to our Education & Conference Director, Nancy Fister

March 29th of this year marks a special (albeit bittersweet) day in the history of AWFS®.  This is the day that Nancy Fister, our Education & Conference Director, will be spending at Disneyland with the rest of the AWFS staff.  For all of us, it is sort of an “unofficial” holiday as it marks the […]

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  • October 26th, 2016
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Calling all Southern California Woodworking Industry Professionals!

Are you interested in networking with local woodworking industry and education professionals? Would you like to learn about local educational woodworking programs in the area? Do you enjoy hosting or participating in events and activities to support woodworking education? We intend to meet regularly and explore ways to help develop the future workforce for the woodworking industry. […]

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  • October 20th, 2016
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Education Bites

AWFS Education Chair Meets with Legislator on CTE In September, AWFS Education Committee Chair, Don Bigelow, of Vero Software, attended an exclusive informal dinner event with Representative Virginia Foxx (R-NC) to discuss industry involvement with Career Technical Education (CTE). The invitation was extended to AWFS by the Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE), one […]

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  • October 20th, 2016
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Southern California Millwork Company Hosts Manufacturing Day Event

Approximately 150 local area high school students and teachers attended the Manufacturing Day event hosted at Architectural Woodworking Company (AWC) near Los Angeles (CA) on Friday, October 7. Manufacturing Day is a national campaign to promote careers in manufacturing and increase awareness of the realities of the manufacturing industry by encouraging companies to offer tours […]

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  • September 26th, 2016
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ASFD Scholarship Call for Applications

If you are a student, teacher or parent you will have noticed that scholarships, particularly for furniture/design/woodworking and related fields, are hard to find! That is why I am VERY happy and excited to share with you the details of a GREAT scholarship from a wonderful organization, the The American Society of Furniture Designers (ASFD)! Here are some […]

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  • August 28th, 2016
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Let Your Company Shine on Manufacturing Day!

  Seize the day! Manufacturing Day that is, along with multitudes of other companies across America as they salute modern manufacturing and bring it to the attention of the next generation of workers. Now in its fifth year, Manufacturing Day is a “host it or attend it” opportunity, slated for the first Friday in October […]

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