the MiLL happen. MiLL is the new name for the
National Manufacturing Training Center, established
last year in Colorado Springs by the Peyton and Widefield School Districts.
FDMC and Woodworking Network spoke with
Dean Mattson earlier in the summer. Mattson, who
is leading much of the effort, said there were 64
industry partners involved in the training center,
including 20 that have joined since the WIC conference in April. The MiLL is an EDUcation member of
the Woodwork Career Alliance.
The 46,000 square foot training center will be
used for manufacturing training for high school,
college and industry. The I WF management committee and its owner groups WMMA and WMIA made
a $25,000 donation that was given to the MiLL from
the IWF Fair.
Sherwin-Williams made a 10-year exclusive agreement with MiLL, and is providing finishing supplies
to the training center. Also, Timesavers-DuBois and
Black Bros. are working to develop a cabinet finishing center. Kreg and Bessey have been strong supporters of the program.
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. Equipment has arrived from other companies this summer.
“All of the technology that has been needed, $3
million so far, has been dedicated to the MiLL,” Matt-
son said. “The equipment suppliers have been totally
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 cabinetmaker who started a
similar program at a high school in Oregon that was
a success. The program 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.
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. The
two school districts entered into a partnership through
the Peyton/Widefield Vocational Education Campus.
Also, Mattson said that MiLL has reached agreements with Red Rocks Community College and Pikes
Peak Community College. Military veterans can also
use G.I. Bill funding, through a community college,
to get training at the MiLL.
Equipment companies can send their own employees to be trained on CNC machining centers,
edgebanders, and boring machines.
Rikon will provide or lease machines such as drill
presses, band saws and table saws. Stiles Machinery
plans to lease high-end equipment to teachers who
want to start their own program at an affordable rate.
“They get all 60 of our manufacturing partners
when they buy the curriculum from MiLL,” Mattson
said. “(In the past) that’s what made career technical
education so cumbersome.”
For more information contact: Tim Kistler, super-
intendent: email@example.com, Dean Mattson,
Founder & President, The MiLL: deanmattson@
peyton.k12.co.us, Rosemary Mattson, Executive As-
sistant to Dean Mattson: rosemarymattson@peyton.
Or go to the MiLL’s website to get updates and
more information: http://themillco.org. ;
The training center will be used for manufacturing training
for high school, college and industry.