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IWF Donates $12,500 Toward Trades Programs

The Manufacturing Industry Learning Lab (MiLL) in Widefield School District 3 (WSD3) received a $12,500 donation from the International Woodworking Fair (IWF) to further advance its trade programs. 

“We are so grateful to our partner IWF for this generous donation as it will allow us to continue to provide technology and equipment that students need to attain career-connected learning that will support their transition into industry. These funds will also help provide opportunities for students to visit on-site manufacturing facilities to gain an extended knowledge of the field and the possible jobs they can pursue,” said Nikki Carter, WSD3 Career and Technical Education Director.

The MiLL provides trade career pathways for students in Cabinet Manufacturing, Construction Technology, and Welding Technology. MiLL students receive hands-on experience using state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment and Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machines. With the potential for completing four school years of training before entering the workforce, MiLL students begin their career paths fully prepared for immediate productivity.

​​“IWF has long championed education, innovation and talent development as key forces powering the wood products industry’s future,” notes Andreas Muehlbauer, Stiles Machinery Executive Vice President and IWF 2022 Show Chair.  “Our new partnership with the Manufacturing Industry Learning Lab affirms those values in a tangible commitment to help nurture the manufacturing talent our industry depends upon,” he adds.

MiLL Cabinet Manufacturing and Welding Technology students have the opportunity to enter into internships with Colorado businesses. MiLL students enrolled in Cabinet Manufacturing are tasked with producing the cabinets needed for the Careers in Construction (CICC) home build project. Upon completion of year-one Cabinet Manufacturing study, students learn additional skills, including electrical and plumbing. Students who have completed two years of Cabinet Manufacturing classes have the opportunity to earn an industry-recognized certification called the Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA) certificate.


For more than a half century, the IWF has served the ever-expanding needs of wood industry equipment and technology manufacturers and service providers and the tens of thousands of buyers attending its bi-annual trade show and conference produced every other August in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center. The IWF contribution extends its long-standing commitment to industry advancement, innovation and education as evidenced in the IWF Education Conference, the IWF Challengers Distinguished Achievement Award and the IWF Design Emphasis Student Furniture Design competition.

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