Madison College and Festool provide hands-on instruction
October 9, 2019 | 8:48 am CDT

MADISON, Wis. -- Madison College and Festool, a manufacturer of portable power tools, hosted a training event for the college’s Cabinetmaking and Millwork students. This event was part of Festool’s educational roadshow that visits high schools and colleges across North America in order to promote the skilled trades and educate the next generation of craftsmen.

The event took place inside Festool’s mobile training center, a fully equipped, self-contained semi-trailer that opens up into a 900 square foot sheltered workshop, complete with awnings and windows.

Festool trainer Brent Shively, assisted by several staff members, delivered the full-day training, which provided hands-on instruction focused on building cabinets with Festool tools. Students left with a good understanding of the Festool product line and features of their tools.

On October 4, the day after the training, both Festool and the Cabinetmaking program each held an open house. The event coincided with Manufacturing Day. High school students and area employers were able to visit both venues.

The Cabinetmaking program at Madison College hosts several seminars annually, which are open to industry members. To receive notification of future events, contact Patrick Molzahn at 608.246.6842 or See

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