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WCA highlights workforce development at AWFS

The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America, celebrating its 10th anniversary as the champion of woodworking skill standards, will present a collection of workforce development tools and strategies at the AWFS fair.

Since it was chartered in 2007, the WCA has developed Skill Standards for more than 240 woodworking machines and operations and issued nearly 1,400 individual skill credential passports. The standards and passports are recognized by educational institutions and woodworking companies operating throughout the United States and Canada. The overarching goal of the WCA is to develop and grow the industry’s workforce by creating pathways for woodworkers to advance their careers and income as they learn new skills.

The WCA’s integral participation at the AWFS fair will include previewing new training tools, offering seven Accredited Skill Evaluator Training sessions and leading three of the AWFS fair’s College of Woodworking Knowledge seminars.

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Woodworking instructors can stop by the WCA’s booth to learn about the benefits of becoming an education member. Woodworkers and suppliers can learn about the value of industry membership. The WCA also will preview first-generation training materials developed by Madison College instructor Patrick Molzahn, a WCA chief evaluator.

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The WCA will present three education sessions:

Workforce Crisis – Job One

July 19, 9:30-11 a.m.

Kent Gilchrist will explain how to find qualified woodworking candidates and how to educate, train and retain valued woodworking employees.

Create Your Own In-House Training Program

July 19 1:30-3 p.m.

WCA president Scott Nelson will present how woodworking companies can use the WCA Skill Standards to develop a training program to evaluate and reward the skill levels of new and existing employees.

Tools for Teaching and Evaluating the WCA Standards

July 21, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Patrick Molzahn and Bert Christiansen will show how schools or woodworking shops can implement the WCA’s credentialing Passport system and access the WCA’s training tools to develop an effective training program.

For more, visit AWFS booth No. 9846 and

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