SkillsUSA CA R3 2014 Woodworking Contests

SkillsUSA California Region 3

2014 Cabinetmaking and Introductory Woodworking Contests

held Saturday, February 1, 2014 at the LA Trade Tech College Construction Technology Department

Click on links to see photos from the 2014 SkillsUSA CA Region 3 Cabinetmaking and Introductory Woodworking Contests.

Click here (XLS document) to see the scores and which students will be advancing to state. Congratulations to all competitors!

Click on links to see the Cabinetmaking and Introductory Woodworking project plans (PDF).

THANK YOU to our sponsors for their valuable contributions to this important local industry-education event!

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THANK YOU to our volunteers to contributing their time and energy to planning, organizing and executing this event!

  • Saul Martin, Architectural Woodworking Company – Cabinetmaking Contest Coordinator
  • Jay Andrews, Laguna Tools Inc. – Cabinetmaking Judge
  • Paul Fiala, American Armoires – Cabinetmaking Judge
  • Brian Joyce, Blum, Inc – Cabinetmaking Judge
  • Rene Morales, CHLA – Cabinetmaking Judge
  • John Paine, Blum, Inc. – Cabinetmaking Support
  • Anthony Fortner, Cerritos College – Introductory Woodworking Contest Coordinator
  • Mike Amaya, Cerritos College (student) – Introductory Woodworking Judge
  • Doug Galt, Hawthorne High School – Introductory Woodworking Judge
  • Mark Gibney, Cerritos College (student) – Introductory Woodworking Judge

What is SkillsUSA?

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel. SkillsUSA’s mission is to help its members become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.

The regional contest is the first level of competition for students in SkillsUSA. Those who score highest at Regionals are invited to compete at State Conference (in California, this takes place in San Diego in April), and those who win Gold at State can compete at the SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference (NLSC) in Louisville, KY in June.

How does SkillsUSA help our industry?

With over 300,000 student and advisor members across the nation, SkillsUSA is one of the most widely recognized and respected organizations supporting and promoting students entering careers in skilled trades. It is of critical importance to AWFS and our member companies to see students encouraged and trained in skilled trades. Like all manufacturing segments, the wood products manufacturing industry is in need of skilled workers to replace the vast numbers of retiring baby boomers. We recognize that supporting students and education and is the future of our industry.

How can you get involved?

Although this year’s regional contest has ended, SkillsUSA is always seeking industry support and involvement at the state and national level, and it’s never too early to start planning for next year’s regionals! Assistance as a volunteer or donations of tools, supplies or materials are appreciated. Contact Adria Torrez ( or (323) 215-0311) to explore ways to help!

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