One Catawba grant for $15,000 will provide 60
scholarships. The other grant, at $5,500, will go toward purchasing a new industrial sewing machine.
The Alexander Furniture Academy is modeled
after the highly successful CVCC Furniture Academy
launched at the school’s main campus in Hickory,
N.C., in 2015. Designed by local furniture manufacturers, the training programs will prepare students
for upholstering positions that are in high demand by
the region’s largest employers.
A Furniture Foundation grant last year provided
scholarships for the first 30 students in the Alexander
The Mississippi State University grant will allow
the Franklin Furniture Institute to offer four manu-
facturing management programs. Each will provide
front-line supervisors in the furniture industry with
basic training in the areas of modern manufacturing,
leadership and management.
The course will be offered to up to 15 individuals
in four different locations between August 2017 and
July 2018. The training is presented at a manufacturing facility – rather than at the Franklin Institute
– so that actual manufacturing issues can be addressed during study. Results of previously delivered
programs include a stronger supervisory team with
improved leadership skills.
The Foundation was established in 1948 to support research and educational initiatives aimed at
improving management, manufacturing and marketing within the home furnishings industry. Since
1990, the Foundation has distributed more than $3.5
million in scholarships and grants.
Grant proposals are accepted in March each year.
The Foundation board reviews the proposals and
makes funding decisions in April. ❮
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