by Karl D. Forth
You could say the pieces are in place at the MiLL National Training Center. The Manufacturing Industry Learning Labs tarted its first classes for students in August. In early October, the MiLL welcomed industry part- ners, educators and students to see the rapid prog- ress of the training center at a special open house vent that demonstrated the industry’s support. The shop floor is filled with equipment and
signs to recognize the many industry partners.
Machines include a Weeke CNC router, Stiles
edgebander, Timesavers sander, Altendorf table
saw, SCM case clamp, Striebig panel saw, JLT
clamping systems, eight TigerStops, many Kreg
products, Bessey clamps and Rikon machinery.
It’s one thing to see the list of companies planning to contribute machinery and it is another to
see the actual machines in place.
The 46,000 square foot training center will be
used for manufacturing training for high school,
college, and industry. The new training center’s
first semester started with about 100 beginning
students from Widefield and Fort Carson districts
in Colorado Springs. The first courses are Begin-
ning Cabinet Manufacturing 1/2 and second-year
Cabinet Manufacturing 3/4.
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 success. The Colorado
classes became known as the Peyton Woods Manufacturing Program. Widefield School District
Superintendent Scott Campbell was impressed by
the potential of the program and took the opportunity to get his students involved.
At the recent open house Dean Mattson, who is
MiLL welcomed industry partners, educators, students to see progress.
Industry machines in place
for MiLL training center
Weeke Venture CNC router from Stiles Machinery was operated during the event and proved to be a crowd pleaser.