The Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers® (AWFS®) announces the opening of its leading educational program, the College of Woodworking Knowledge® (CWWK®), which will take place at the upcoming AWFS®Fair, over four days, July 19- 22, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Designed to meet the current needs of the show audience demographics, the 54 sessions will span topics to enhance business management acumen, improve skill sets, and increase knowledge of the latest technologies as well as provide the latest in safety, workforce development, and legislative updates.
CWWK Educational Track Highlights
Seven SMART sessions will be offered in 2017, including two addressing plastics fabrication and three on Industry 4.0 concepts. These sessions take place on the show floor in exhibitor booths and before the show opens, from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Seating is limited, and registration is capped at 25 per session.
NEW: Sessions in Spanish
Three sessions will be offered entirely in Spanish, by industry professionals who are fluent native Spanish speakers. Topics include shop management, finishing, and lean management. Go to awfsfair.org/espanol for more information.
Keynote features Celebrity John Ratzenberger
Don’t miss the 2017 AWFS®Fair Keynote presentation with film and television legend Mr. John Ratzenberger, at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 20. This special event is FREE to all registered AWFS®Fair attendees and exhibitors. Learn how Mr. Ratzenberger is supporting skilled trades and manufacturing in America.
Woodworking Network Symposia
New in 2017, Woodworking Network presents three full-day symposia on Tuesday, July 18 which will complement the CWWK™ programming with current topics and an impressive lineup of speakers. Celebrity closet designer Lisa Adams headlines the Closets and Home Storage Symposium; take the opportunity to query experts from AWFI, Centre from Advanced Wood Processing, and multiple manufacturers in the Wood Finishing Symposium; hear about Virginia Tech’s FutureHAUS and current trends and technology from leading woodworking companies in the Leadership Forum.
AWFS®Fair Stage Offers More Events
Events on the show floor stage, booth #5527, include live interviews with John Ratzenberger, acclaimed furniture artist Sarah Marriage, and woodworkers Kyle Toth and Marc Spagnuolo (“The Wood Whisperer”). Attend the “Education Town Hall” on Saturday morning to learn about the post-secondary woodworking programs that are training our future workforce.
The full program is accessible at AWFSFair.org/education, including complete session descriptions and speaker bios.
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