In 2015, Mattson brought this model to Peyton, Colorado, where the Peyton school district took an abandoned middle school building and transformed it into a Woods Manufacturing Lab. Students and industry representatives began to see firsthand what a “state of the art” woods lab and curriculum could produce.
The MiLL was created to expand training classes to include Woods Manufacturing, Cabinet Finishing, and Construction for not only high school students, but also for colleges, military, and industry.
40+ industry partners have been united to provide the technology, machinery, tools and supplies to give students a world-class education.
The Mill leverages the Woodwork Career Alliance of North America for credentialing Professional Woodworkers and Students. The mission of the Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA) is to support workforce development for the woodworking industry, which includes certification and training of new and existing woodworking professionals as well as students at both the high school and post secondary level. Woodworking students and professionals can earn an industry approved and recognized credential based on observable, measurable standards and evaluations. Every participant in the program starts by purchasing an Individual Membership to allow them to start recording their achievements.