The National Manufacturing Training Center is scheduled to open in August 2017.
The training center is located at the Peyton/Widefield Vocational Education Campus on 4450 Foreign Trade Zone Boulevard across from the Widefield School District's Transportation Department.
In the fall of 2015, Peyton 23-JT Superintendent Tim Kistler hired Dean Mattson to teach state-of-the-art woodworking manufacturing classes. Mattson is a former professional cabinet maker who started a similar program at a high school in Oregon that was a huge success. The program became known as the Peyton Woods Manufacturing Program with a shop that includes more than $800,000 in loaned equipment from some of the industry's biggest names.
Widefield School District Superintendent Scott Campbell was blown away by the potential of the program after attending an open house and jumped at the opportunity to get his students involved. In the spring of 2016, Widefield sent 30 students to Peyton to be a part of the program. There is now 180 students from six school districts taking the Peyton Woods program every day.
The success of the program, in less than a year, prompted Mattson, Kistler and Campbell to create a partnership that will allow the program to expand in Southern Colorado. The two school districts entered into a partnership through the Peyton/Widefield Vocational Education Campus, which houses a 46,000-square-foot building located south of the Colorado Springs Airport.
Stiles Machinery, headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., has committed a significant amount of equipment for woodworking students to use. Other tool companies and manufacturers also are being asked to support the project.
IN THE NEWS
The Gazette Editorial Board: http://gazette.com/editorial-local-schools-challenge-college-only-model-for-success/article/1585355
Colorado Springs Business Journal (CSBJ): http://www.csbj.com/2016/10/28/school-districts-partnership-creates-training-center/
The Woodworking Network:
Dean Mattson: firstname.lastname@example.org - (719) 749-2330
Tim Kistler: email@example.com - (719) 749-2330
Scott Campbell: firstname.lastname@example.org - (719) 391-3000
For other Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in WSD3 click here