For the past two years, the hardwood industry, in conjunction with the Northcentral Technical College, Antigo, Wisc., has offered The Hardwood Manufacturers Certificate Program, a unique, 12 week/14.45 credit course of study designed to prepare learners for fast growing, in-demand positions within the hardwood manufacturing industry.
The 2019 program, which ran from September 3 to November 22, included Brayton Schrock, Dry Forest Wood Products, Shipshewana, Ind. and Sage Maiers, Kendrick Forest Products, Edgewood, Iowa, both who are now better able “to further their careers in the Hardwood Lumber Industry.”
Thank you to Travis Allen, Northcentral Technical College Wood Science Instructor, who provided this insight, “With the terrible hardwood markets that we are experiencing, it was more difficult for employers to send their employees out for training. But we still ended up with two students that participated in the entire program, and gained a tremendous amount of knowledge that has improved their skills-set and will benefit their employers.”
Pictured from left to right: Brayton Schrock and Sage Maiers
Regarding the 2020 program, curriculum and application information will be available, soon. So employers, this is your opportunity to grow, groom and inspire the supervisors, lumber inspectors, Kiln operators, quality control technicians and plant managers so desperately needed in your hardwood facilities. Plan ahead.