Millwork shop, WMIA plan event to attract students to industry
September 21, 2018 | 4:04 pm CDT

CUMBERLAND, R.I. – Equipment manufacturers are being encouraged to be part of an event designed to inspire the next generation of woodworkers and machinery technicians. The CTE Manufacturing Days open house event at Herrick & White in Cumberland, Rhode Island, will be held on November 5 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The WMIA has organized this inaugural opportunity to enable their member companies to present all aspects of the industry to vocational students in New England.

Students who enjoy design and 3-D drawings and want to learn about a career in carpentry, design or wood manufacturing are also being encouraged to come for a behind the scenes look at Herrick & White Architectural Woodworkers, Rhode Island’s premier cabinetry and architectural woodworking company. Herrick & White is at 3 Flat St., Cumberland, RI 02864.

This event will resemble a small trade show (Six-foot table with 110V power), and WMIA has encouraged companies to think about how they can present their company to appeal most to vocational high school students.

Companies can highlight software features or sophisticated machinery, or talk about the demand for machinery technicians and the travel opportunities for a young person in that profession.

Vendor spaces are limited, so contact Chris Hofmann or WMIA’s Larry Hoffer, with any questions. (Note: the original date for this event was announced as October 4.)

CTE teachers, students and parents are invited. They will get the chance to meet vendors who will be on-site, attend demonstrations and tours, participate in hands-on activities, and enter to win prizes including power tools for CTE program.

For more information or transportation needs, contact Jenny Pichardo at, or 401-680-5978.

Skills for Rhode Island’s Future is a 501(c)(3) non-profit talent sourcing agency that helps connect job seekers with employers throughout Rhode Island.

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