Are industry-community partnerships the future of worker training?


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We have written previously about domestic manufacturers’ efforts to attract and train a new generation of workers.

To address this challenge, Hickory, N.C.-area upholstery producers, for example, have teamed up with Catawba Valley Community College to create the Catawba Valley Community College Furniture Academy. (See Furniture/Today’s story, Domestic upholstery sources challenged to find next generation of workers.)

Established in January 2014, the Academy offers classes that include: furniture fundamentals, pattern making, manual cutting, automated cutting, sewing, an introduction to upholstery, spring up, inside upholstery and outside upholstery. Lori Price, CVCC’s customized training director, said manufacturers provide equipment and instructors for the training program and that there is currently a waiting list for enrollment.

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