by Karl D. Forth
Anew chapter in technical education has opened as the Manufacturing Industry Learning Labs (MiLL) national training center has welcomed its first students. The new training center’s first semester started with Beginning Cabinet Manufacturing 1/2 and second year Cabinet Manufacturing 3/4. Equipment is set up and under power. Ma- chines include eight TigerStops, Timesavers
sander, Weeke CNC router, Stiles edgebander, Al-tendorf table saw, SCM case clamp, Striebig panel
saw, JLT clamping systems, many Kreg products
and Rikon machinery.
The MiLL expected about 100 beginning students from Widefield and Fort Carson districts in
The new training center will also be teaching
Cabinet Manufacturing 3/4 to returning students
who had been bused to Peyton last year from the
Also planned is CTE training for industrial arts
teachers and administrators who want to bring
professional, industry-oriented programs to their
classrooms. They will be taught new manufacturing and teaching techniques.
The MiLL is going to provide the woodworking curriculum. The teachers will be in MiLL
classrooms for five days. Curriculum will include
machines and tools. Bessey, Kreg and other companies will bundle tools, clamps, screws and glue,
all on top of the machines on pallets for these
teachers. CTE training will be held in November,
February and April.
An industry-education partnership is making
The first semester is underway with cabinet manufacturing.
MiLL wood national training center
now open in Colorado Springs
The new training center in Colorado is a partnership between education and industry and started classes in August.