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User Name: atorrez
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Real Name: Adria Torrez
Location Commerce, CA
Occupation: Education Manager
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Topic: Meet the New Face of Manufacturing
Posted: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 6:24:03 PM
Greetings Educators,

As I'm sure you are well aware, the woodworking industry, like many other manufacturing segments, is facing a huge skilled labor shortage. One of the problems behind this is an outdated image of what jobs in manufacturing are really like.

We decided to launch a campaign wherein we showcase young professionals in furniture/woodworking/design careers to entice students to the industry but perhaps more importantly, inform counselors, parents and administrators of the manner in which manufacturing has changed and modernized, and the opportunities that exist in the woodworking industry today—not as they were in previous generations.

We created a fun and edgy poster showcasing some of the young people we know of who are making their living in wood-related careers. We are offering the poster for FREE (no strings attached!) to plant the seed in as many places as possible. The poster has a QR code that links to a page with a wealth of information and resources for students who may have budding interest in woodworking careers.

If you would like us to mail you some posters (share with your students, administrators, parents, and others!), please contact our Education Director Nancy Fister at (800) 946-2937 or nancy@awfs.org.

Go to this page to see a small image of the poster: http://www.awfs.org/education/ and resources available to students and teachers.

If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to contact me!

Best Regards,

Adria Torrez
Assistant Education Director, AWFS
Topic: Young Woodworking Professionals Week Kicks Off August 25th
Posted: Thursday, August 07, 2014 3:25:40 PM
Teachers, if you have any former students who are now woodworking professionals, this sounds like a great opportunity, please share!

Young Woodworking Professionals Week

Best Regards,

Adria Torrez
Assistant Education Director, AWFS
Topic: AWFS Fresh Wood Internship
Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012 7:14:15 PM
Greetings!

We are now accepting applications for a summer internship with the Fresh Wood student woodworking competition. This opportunity is open to students with a minimum of two years college experience. Minimum basic knowledge of woodworking is helpful but not required. The internship is for July 20-28, 2013 and the intern will report to the AWFS Fair in Las Vegas, Nevada (hotel and travel costs will be paid by AWFS). If you know any outstanding students who might be interested in this opportunity, please direct them to this sheet, which provides more detailed information. Thank you!

Best Regards,

Adria Torrez
Assistant Education Director, AWFS
Topic: Fresh Wood student woodworking competition
Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 7:18:29 PM
Greetings all!

The Fresh Wood student woodworking competition is now open! Register your school (free) and receive posters for your classroom and FREE copies of Fresh Wood v.3!

Deadline for student entry submittal is May 15, 2013 (there is no fee for entry).

All information and forms can be found here:
http://awfsfair.org/attendee-information/student-contests/

Fresh Wood is open to high school and post secondary students in woodworking and related programs. Students can enter projects in six categories: chairs, case goods, tables, production/contract work, reproduction, and "open".

Finalist projects will be on display at the AWFS Fair in Las Vegas, NV July 24-27 and the finalists and their instructors are invited to attend the AWFS Fair. It's a great opportunity for students to get familiarized with our industry and network with potential employers.

The winners are selected and announced at the AWFS Fair. Over $20,000 in prize money is awarded to winners in six different categories and at both the high school and post secondary levels. AWFS covers the costs of shipping the projects and provides a hotel and travel allowance for the finalist students and teachers. All finalist projects are showcased in the next fresh wood publication.

Best Regards,

Adria Torrez
Assistant Education Director, AWFS
Topic: Careers in Wood and Related Industries PPT Presentation
Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 6:28:15 PM
Greetings all!

A Power Point Presentation profiling 11 different careers within the woodworking and related industries is now available. If you have students who are interested in woodworking as a career but aren't sure about the options, this could be a valuable tool. Please check it out, I'd love to hear what you think!

http://www.awfs.org/education/resources-for-teachers/

Best Regards,

Adria Torrez
Assistant Education Director, AWFS
Topic: Bill of materials (B.O.M.)
Posted: Thursday, February 16, 2012 3:40:45 PM
Hi there! e-mail me (adria at awfs dot org) and I can send you the template BOM that we use for our regional SkillsUSA Cabinetmaking contest...

Best Regards,

Adria Torrez
Assistant Education Director, AWFS
Topic: Fresh Wood volume 5 now available
Posted: Friday, December 30, 2011 2:23:40 PM
Hi everyone! fresh wood volume 5 is now available on Amazon! This full-color hardbound publication features the 41 finalists and winners of the 2011 Fresh Wood student woodworking competition. If you have ever considered participating in Fresh Wood or would like to motivate and inspire your students by showing them what other (high school and post secondary) students are doing across North America, this book is a helpful resource!

Click here to order Fresh Wood volume 5

Best Regards,

Adria Torrez
Assistant Education Director, AWFS
Topic: selling student work
Posted: Friday, October 28, 2011 6:11:36 PM
Have you seen this website? http://www.brentindustries.8m.com/

I have seen/heard of several schools/programs selling student work as a mini business, but I had this one handy. If you wanted to compare notes with Mr. Joyce, this is his school: http://brentwoodpgh.k12.pa.us/high.htm

Best Regards,

Adria Torrez
Assistant Education Director, AWFS
Topic: Work Ready
Posted: Thursday, March 17, 2011 3:49:18 PM
JoeNovack wrote:
SkillsUSA is developing a credentialing assessment...
http://www.workforcereadysystem.org/index.shtml


I would definitely suggest the SkillsUSA Workforce Ready Assessments, which are ready and available now. They are aligned with the Woodwork Career Alliance (www.woodworkcareer.org) certification and passport program, which was developed by and is supported by industry.

Best Regards,

Adria Torrez
Assistant Education Director, AWFS
Topic: Fresh Wood student woodworking competition
Posted: Wednesday, March 09, 2011 4:12:27 PM
Hey y'all...just a friendly reminder...it's not to late to get involved in the Fresh Wood student woodworking competition. The student entry deadline is May 2. Go to http://awfsfair.org/attendee-information/student-contests/ for complete information and all entry forms.



Best Regards,

Adria Torrez
Assistant Education Director, AWFS

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