Teachers, Students, Industry: Participate in MFG Day

Check out this great event that is bringing industry and education a step closer together. It is called Manufacturing Day and it takes place each year on the first Friday in October –  October 7 in 2016.  Read more…


Meet your Next Generation of Skilled Workers: Middle Schoolers

Educators are now saying that for many students and their parents, high school age is too late to introduce them to technical careers. If you want today’s kids to consider jobs in the skilled trades, they need to be exposed in middle school. Read more…


Wood Industry 40 under 40 an inspiration to us all

An executive at a hardwood company nominated a rising young manager at a competing lumber firm. An ex-Marine with training in Six Sigma launched a woodworking firm to create career paths for fellow vets. Read more…


Profiles of Wood Industry 40 under 40 Class of 2016

The 2016 Wood Industry 40 Under 40 sought the next generation of people destined to make an impact on the wood products manufacturing industry in North America. From more than 135 nominations, 40 outstanding individuals were identified. Read more…


Wood Industry 40 under 40: Dynamic Leaders take Charge

The list finds movers and shakers already making their mark in all walks of wood products manufacture, as well as suppliers and educators. Read more…


AWFS is committed to education efforts that support, inform and benefit members and their customers. Following are our education initiatives (click on any header for additional information):

POSTER-2-E-format_FINAL-201x300TWO “Meet the New Face of Manufacturing” Campaign posters available now!

“Meet the New Face of Manufacturing” is a comprehensive marketing effort to FINAL-New-Faces-Poster-e-version-665x1024acquaint and interest young people in careers in wood products manufacturing. We want to convey the reality of 21st century manufacturing – it is modern, high-tech, offers varied and challenging careers and is ready to welcome the next generational workforce. The campaign launched in Fall 2014 with a poster showcasing five “New Faces” of manufacturing and in September 2015, a second
poster image was unveiled with more “New Faces”, highlighting the variety of personalities and lifestyles available for those seeking careers in wood products manufacturing.

For a FREE copy of the “New Faces” posters, which contain a QR code linking to this
page of resources, send a request to (include your name, mailing address, quantity, and which version/s you would like).  Please share this with career counselors,
parents, school administrators and others who guide students in career choices. See the official 2014 press release here.


Watch the “Meet the New Face of Manufacturing” Videos

…and learn about eleven outstanding young professionals in the wood products manufacturing industry!

Meet the New Faces of Manufacturing!

Spotlight: Adam K, furniture project manager

Spotlight: Thomas T, machinery sales representative

Spotlight: Jess B, product and furniture designer


Education Program at the AWFS®Fair Trade Show

The College of Woodworking Knowledge (CWWK) is a multi-day education program conducted at the biennial AWFS Fair, which takes place in July of the odd-numbered years in Las Vegas.  It consists of approximately 40 seminars, workshops and technical demonstrations on diverse topics aimed at enriching the attendee experience. The program includes the “Teacher Track” seminars designed specifically for wood technology educators. Teachers and students receive free show floor entry and special rates on seminars. There are featured events especially for teachers and students. Information is posted to the  website as it becomes available in the months leading up to each show.

Student Woodworking Competition

fresh-wood-logo2013-300x86Held at the AWFS®Fair, the Fresh Wood competition is open to high school and post-secondary students in woodworking programs.  It brings the best of North America’s school programs and student talent to the attention of the industry.

The fresh wood books, published from 2005-2013, showcase student talent. Order copies of fresh wood v.5 and v.6 from Amazon by clicking below. fresh wood v.4 can be ordered from Blurb here. Sorry, fresh wood v.1, 2 and 3 are sold out.

WI-button-burgundyThis is a resource web site developed by AWFS, consisting of education and training information for the wood manufacturing and related industries (including bedding, flooring, hardware, solid surface, upholstery and other). Appropriate for educators, students, industry professionals and those seeking career and skill enhancement information, it contains a searchable database of schools, colleges, technical centers and companies that offer a wealth of education and skill enhancement programs – from short courses to graduate degrees, from hand-crafted to high tech. There are also listings of scholarships, awards and competitions; trade organizations and events; as well as job listing links and a blog.

Resources for Teachers

Access industry-based glossaries, handouts and a “Careers” PowerPoint presentation specifically created for the classroom.

Resources for Industry

Find helpful guidelines for creating an internship program in your company or inviting an educator to spend a week with you to develop lessons for the classroom. There are also guidelines for hosting school tours and presenting in the classroom.

AWFS Affiliations

Woodwork Career Alliance

WCA-logo-outlineThe Woodwork Career Alliance is a not-for profit industry trade organization responsible for the development of the Woodwork Manufacturing Skill Standards. The standards focus on the set up, safety, proper use and processes of the most common tools and machines used in the industry. WCA’s Passport Certification Program assesses individuals on the various skills towards earning stamps for their Passport booklet. The skill standards, assessments and passport are appropriate for students as well as industry professionals. The Sawblade Certificate is especailly geared to high school students. Teachers and industry representatives can be trained as skill evaluators to conduct assessments. The WCA offers an EDUcational membership, comparable to the former WoodLINKS USA which ceased operation in 2013, as well as an INDustry membership. AWFS is a Silver sponsor of the Woodwork Career Alliance. The WCA conducts a skill training at the biennial AWFS Fair.

SkillsUSA and Workforce Ready System

SkillsUSA-logoSkillsUSA (formerly known as VICA) is a national nonprofit organization serving high school and college students preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. It consists of more than 300,000 student and instructor members, with 1,700 students in Cabinetmaking or Woodworking programs –this is the future of our industry in training! AWFS has assisted with SkillsUSA CA regional and state woodworking contests since 2011 and hosted the 2011 and 2013 SkillsUSA World Team Cabinetmaking Qualifying Event at the AWFS Fair. Click here to see more about AWFS’ involvement with SkillsUSA.


Would you like to help support industry education? Contact AWFS Education to find out how at (323) 838-9440 or e-mail Adria Torrez or Nancy Fister

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