TUSCOLA, IL - With eyes to the future, the AWI-Georgia chapter has chosen to foster the development of the next generation of woodwork professionals through WoodLINKS USA.

Faced with declining membership as a result of difficult economic times, the chapter recently decided to dissolve. The Board wanted to do something useful with their remaining fund balance, in hopes that by investing in their future workforce, they may one day re-establish their chapter.

With this in mind, they requested proposals from several educational organizations. Ultimately WoodLINKS USA was selected. The money will be used to pay for site license fees for up to 6 schools in the state of Georgia. The remaining balance will be used to pay for teachers to attend the International Wood Fair in Atlanta.

WoodLINKS USA is currently looking for schools in Georgia interested in becoming part of our 65 school national network. If you know of a school that would be interested in becoming an AWI sponsored WLUSA site, please send a letter of interest and include a statement explaining how the program would benefit from participation in the WLUSA program. Information should be submitted via email to woodlinksusa@medicacombb.net

WoodLINKS® USA www.woodlinksusa.org was established as a partnership between industry and education. It is an industry driven, secondary and post-secondary woodworking partnership program, helping to build and maintain a strong, skilled workforce so that U.S. manufacturers can remain competitive in today’s challenging economic environment. Our volunteers, teachers, and students are re-igniting a passion for woodworking careers all across the country. The main office for WoodLINKS USA is located in Tuscola, IL.

For more information, contact Patrick Molzahn, WoodLINKS USA President, at: pmolzahn@matcmadison.edu or 608.246.6842

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