The MiLL Academy is designed for CTE industrial arts teachers and their administrators who want to bring professional, industry-oriented programs to their classrooms.
The three-day Academy is held onsite at the MiLL National Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO, where participants learn new instructional and manufacturing techniques on state-of-the-art machinery from nationally-recognized CTE instructors.
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In a time marked with skill labor shortages, the “Mattson Model” couldn’t have better timing. Now students can graduate knowing they have a strong career path in cabinetmaking and wood manufacturing. Elizabeth Dick
What You’ll Receive at the Training
Leading Edge Cabinet Manufacturing Curriculum
Our Teacher’s Manual
Who Should Attend?
High school CTE teachers who want to:
- Build industry support for their Industrial Arts programs
- Increase student interest in woodworking as a career or as a lifelong hobby
- Transform student-teacher interactions in the classroom
- Create Career Pathways to manufacturing jobs
High school administrators who want to:
- Establish or grow public-private partnerships with local industry
- Gain and maintain school board and community support for CTE programs
- Design professional development for industry-based educators
- Engage industry equipment representatives in supplying CTE program equipment
I’ve never seen such a well-planned, student engaging classroom in my life.
The life lessons, personal expectations, and career readiness the students receive will help all students succeed in both their careers and their personal lives.Jim Baumann
Woods Manufacturing Curriculum FAQ’s
How is this curriculum different from other high school CTE woodshop or woods manufacturing courses?
The program offers a career training path that enables graduates to be nationally certified in the use of woodworking machines, manufacturing equipment, software, and production skills. Students work toward earning a Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA) Certification Passport, which equates to a national certification credential. This means students can operate woodworking machinery and apply lean manufacturing principles in any kind of secondary wood or other manufacturing setting.
Program founder Dean Mattson describes it this way: “We are producing high school students who are taught the necessary principles of life. They are placed in real-life manufacturing scenarios where they are forced to think critically. And we try to model for them how to be gracious human beings. They are ready for the job market or the university.”
What are the core teaching principles of the "Mattson Way"?
The four elements are:
- Professionalism – Students learn to function in a workplace environment
- Achievement – Students are challenged and see their learning progress
- Relevance – Students recognize how the classroom activities are relevant to their present learning and their future careers
- Connection – Students feel respected by one another and by the teaching staff
How many courses are there and what is the sequence?
The introductory course, entitled Cabinet Manufacturing I (CAB 1) is generally offered to start at the freshman level, with the capstone courses (CAB 7 and 8) culminating in senior year.
Currently, curriculum is only available for Cabinetmaking 1 and 2 - additional coursework will be available in the next year. Each course is focused around a Mattson-designed project such as a cabinet or table.
As students gain skills and knowledge they may take on class projects building a commercial cabinet piece for local customers; for example, in CAB 4 Peyton students build a receptionist desk for the new MiLL National Training Center.
How does the curriculum use a project-centered strategy to teach CTE skills?
While there are foundational skills modules in the lower-level courses like Safety, Measurement, and Drawing Basics, the rest of the modules are either focused on steps towards building the workpiece (e.g., Manufacturing the Legs, Parts Layout, Assembling the Drawer) or becoming certified on a piece of woodworking equipment. The advanced-level courses (CAB 5-8) continue to build job-based skills while teaching students how to work as a production team. Starting in CAB 4, students fill the roles that are present in a modern-day cabinet manufacturing company.
What is included in the CAB curriculum package?
- Table of Contents
- Week by Week Guide
- Outcomes and Assessment Summary
- 7 to 12 modules built around a step or concept in the building process
- Examples: Plywood Basics, Assembly and Sanding, Manufacturing the Door
- Each module includes comprehensive Lesson Plan with Day-by-Day activities
- 6-9 modules, each focused on a specific piece of woodworking equipment
- Examples: Table Saw, Drill Press, Multi-Router, Sanders
- Each module includes comprehensive Lesson Plan with Day-by- Day activities
- Skills quiz and Competency Checklist are provided for certification process
How detailed are the Module Lesson Plans?
Day by Day breakout
- Each module is divided into one-hour “classes.” This helps an instructor gauge approximately how many class periods are needed to devote to mastery of the objectives.
- Outcomes being targeted in the daily activities.
- Woodwork Career Alliance standards are identified as benchmarks, most often in the Equipment modules.
- Each module has a general description of the purpose and a focus for each day.
- Provides relevant content for the lesson.
- Lists the major equipment needed for activities.
- Lists the supplies and handouts needed for activities.
- A step-by- step description of each activity, including some suggested teaching strategies and discussion questions.
- Some students struggle to take notes in a journal. Organizers provide a structured way to capture information.
- These are for both student and instructor reference.
- All Organizers and quizzes include Answer Keys.
Are you ready to register for The MiLL Academy?
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