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July 15-16, 2020

Hickory Metro Convention Center
Hickory, North Carolina, USA

Educational Program

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CCCTI Furniture Technology Institute: Partnering with Industry to Train the Next Generation of Furniture Manufacturing

17-Jul-2019
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For more than a century, Western North Carolina has been the nation's leader in furniture manufacturing. It is from these historic ties that the CCCTI Furniture Technology Institute is born. This program was developed using decades of partnerships and collaboration with local furniture manufactures to provide students with the necessary skills for successful career opportunities in furniture.  The presentation will showcase the training and instruction offered by CCCTI as well as explaining how the partnership with local industry is developed and maintained.
Speakers
Jeff Link, Dean of Career and Technical Education - Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute

  • "I thought it was very beneficial for us to attend the show. Overall for the first year I thought it was a success."
    Charles Piekenbrock
    Vice President Strategic Sourcing, Flexsteel Industries, Inc.
  • “We actually saw some things that excited us very much in the auto cutting exhibits. Saw a 3D Cad program that was very impressive and now we are actually looking at making a purchase in that area.”
    Jackson Furniture Industries
  • “We’ve seen some new people we hadn’t seen before, we’d come back, and it may make sense to bring some folks from the textiles and manufacturing side of our business as well.”
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  • “We wanted to come and talk to the people we do business with here as well as see if there are other people we should be doing business with. This is a positive market and one that’s needed since the others like it have gone away.”
    Woodhaven Furniture, Division of Aaron’s
  • “Glad to see this show.”
    Rowe Furniture