TUSCOLA, IL â WoodLINKS USA, a secondary and post-secondary woodworking training program partnership between industry and education, on July 8 announced two new board members that have taken office July 2009.
Mitch Kohanek has been an instructor for the Wood Finishing Technology Program at Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, MN, since 1978, which is the only certified finishing program in the U.S., and has been featured in Fine Woodworking and Better Homes and Gardens Wood magazines. Kohanek completed an internship at the Smithsonian Conservation and Analytical Laboratory and is a member of the American Institute of Conservation. He has lectured all over the U.S., is a consultant for the finishing industry and has authored articles for the American Woodworker and Fine Woodworking magazines.
Thomas Tuck of SCM Group USA in Duluth, GA, was born and raised in Hillsborough, NC. In 2003, he graduated from Keith Yowâs Cedar Ridge High School WoodLINKS USA program and received his WoodLINKS Certification. Tuck attended Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, where he graduated with honors and received a BS in Furniture Studies and a BS in Business Management. While in school, Tuck interned with Great Lake Woods of Holland, MI, and the Association of Woodworking Furnishing Suppliers (AWFS) of Commerce, CA. He was named Wood Digest Student of the Month in November 2005, and received scholarships from AWFS, Woodworking Machinery Industry Assn. and WoodWork Institute and American Home Furnishing Alliance. After graduating from ASU, Tuck began working at SCM Group USA, a manufacturer of industrial woodworking equipment, as marketing coordinator. He also works as regional sales manager in parts of the southeast.
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