ing, said that he had been in a woodshop before, “but
nothing like this.”
“We had to spend a month learning before even
using the saw,” he said.
Ninth grader Andy Gutierrez initially thought the
woods manufacturing program would be fun, but it’s
also helped him learn things like fractions.
“Just in a week you learn so much,” he said. “Now
that I’m taking this and liking it, it would be a good
job to have.”
Jeremiah Gittleman, another ninth grader, said
that he wants to continue with the program and
learn how to build cabinets.
“I never imagined something like this,” he said. “I
thought it would be just another woodshop.”
Support from Stiles
Stiles Machinery Inc. has been a major supporter of
the program, and has already supplied a number of
machines to the Colorado Springs training center, including a Weeke Venture 480 CNC machining center.
Derek Hart, representing Stiles at the recent
event, said that Stiles University is working with the
MiLL to help them train students on the equipment
provided by Stiles. (Equipment is loaned to the training center by the machinery companies.)
Hart also worked with MiLL to help them identify
the best machines that would provide worthwhile
training to students.
The Weeke Venture CNC router was operated during the event and proved to be a crowd pleaser.
“It’s a draw for someone to see the high technology,” Hart said.
Training for teachers
“The next big push is the adult classes, including
military, college students, industry students, and
adult students and teachers,” Mattson said.
Also coming soon will be CTE training for indus-
trial arts teachers and administrators who want to
bring professional, industry-oriented programs to
“We have developed a new curriculum and need
to get it into public education.”
“Teachers have to come to MiLL classrooms,
become certified in WCA standards, and then receive
the curriculum. We’re trying to make it low cost.
Our teachers will be teaching how to teach the MiLL
“We’re also working on getting college course
credit for coursework taken at MiLL. And we’re still
working on partnerships there.”
The I WF management committee and its owner
groups WMMA and WMIA made a $25,000 donation
that was given to the MILL from IWF. The MiLL
is an EDUcation member of the Woodwork Career
What has been the biggest challenge so far?
Mattson mentioned four: Finding leaders who
could execute the vision; His moving to Colorado;
Finding the building for the MiLL and paying for it;
Then getting all that machinery to Colorado.
For more information contact: Tim Kistler, super-
intendent: firstname.lastname@example.org, Dean Mattson,
founder and president, The MiLL: deanmattson@pey-
ton.k12.co.us, Rosemary Mattson, Executive Assistant
to Dean Mattson: email@example.com
Or go to the MiLL’s website and provide an email to get
updates and more information: http://themillco.org. ;
Students demonstrated equipment for parents at the MiLL