About the MiLL

The MiLL National Training Center building with name and logo

The Manufacturing Industry Learning Lab (MiLL) is a 46,600-square-foot building located just a few miles south of the Colorado Springs Airport. The MiLL exists to promote a stronger and more consistent workforce in Colorado by expanding pathways for learners and offering opportunities for students to become efficient in a chosen trade. 

Currently, programming includes Cabinet Manufacturing, Construction Technology, and Welding Technology.

Students get hands-on experience using state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment and Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machines. With the potential for having 4 school years of training under their belts before they enter the workforce, that means less time and resources spent training them on the job.

Students who progress through our Cabinet Manufacturing and Welding Technology programs have the opportunity to enter into internships with local businesses where they are able to apply their skills learned here at the MiLL. 

Those enrolled in Cabinet Manufacturing are tasked with producing the cabinets needed for the Careers in Construction (CICC) home build project after the advance in the program.  After the first year, students learn additional skills, including electrical and plumbing. 

Students who have completed two years of Cabinet Manufacturing classes will have the opportunity of earning an industry-recognized certification called the Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA) certificate.

Widefield School District 3 partnered with the Colorado Springs Housing and Building Association (HBA) to use the Home Builders Institute (HBI) curriculum to help educate students in the skilled trades and offer students the opportunity to earn industry-recognized certifications.  With the HBI curriculum, students are prepared for jobs in construction. 

First-year students are instructed on building safety and have to earn an OSHA-10 certification to use all equipment, construction math, tools, and construction materials. Students will also learn about available career paths that put skills learned into action. 

Student using CNC wood working machine
Students setting the walls of the home build project
Student welding their piece of metal together
Student setting floor of home build project
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