The Woodworking Machinery Industry Association donated six iPads to North Salem High School, the association's 2013 Educator of the Year. The tablets will be used in the school's Cabinet Manufacturing program to support some new initiatives within the school.
The school, located in Salem, OR, is embarking on an amazing collaborative effort, using a STEM and CTE Model, between cabinet manufacturing, mathematics, engineering and the business community. Students are learning Lean Manufacturing which prepares them to be highly qualified workers in manufacturing upon graduation. They are receiving nationally recognized industry certification. Industry and the business community have donated more than $650,000 to the program. Another business partner has extended an offer to hire every qualified senior from the Cabinet Manufacturing Program at a living wage.
Math curriculum is being written to incorporate wood topics and woods machines to help capture the attention of students learning mathematics. In addition, students will be using cabinet modeling software and commercial sized CNC machines to learn math and job skills that will make them career-ready right out of high school. Collaboration is also occurring with the engineering program to incorporate the use of the Cabinet Manufacturing CNC machines as part of its Project Lead the Way curriculum. The result of this effort has been very positive for students.
"One of WMIA's chief concerns is ensuring the future of the woodworking industry in the United States," says John Park, the association's president. "Under the guidance of Dean Mattson, the Cabinet Manufacturing program at North Salem High School is making great strides in that regard. When we saw the success they are having training young people for careers in woodworking, we wanted to go beyond simply recognizing them with an award and provide tools that will further this education. We're looking forward to seeing the results"
“This is a new and effective model of education that will graduate more students, place them in jobs related to their training, and allow more students to pursue higher education,” adds Mattson. “Next year this model will educate approximately 900 students at North Salem High School, which is nearly half of the student body.”
WMIA is an association of companies whose primary business is providing the North American market with the latest woodworking technology, equipment, computer software and distribution service channels available globally. The association maintains a website at www.wmia.org. For more information, contact WMIA Headquarters, 27 Main St., Suite 1, New Milford, CT 06776. Phone: 860-350-9642, Fax: 860-354-0677, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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