January 2018 Furniture Academy Grads Recognized

The Catawba Valley Furniture Academy, a public/private partnership, between Catawba Valley Community College and major western North Carolina furniture manufacturers, recently celebrated the success of several graduates.


CVFA Grads January '19

Students who completed the Sewing component include Beverly Bryan of Newton, Alicia Lopez of Hickory, Wendy Magana of Catawba, Monica Munguia of Catawba, and Brianda Del Pilar-Martinez of Hickory.

Students who completed the Outside Upholstery component include Adrian Betancourt of Hickory, Oscar Betancourt Torres of Hickory, Jose Moya of Lincolnton, and Juan Remigio – Navarrete of Hickory.

Steven Bowden of Hickory completed the Inside Upholstery component.

Numerous skilled craftsmen/women in the furniture industry are retiring or close to retiring. The Catawba Valley Furniture Academy’s unique training prepares a future workforce for immediate employment opportunities upon successful completion of the program. Training is conducted in the evenings and is taught by skilled artisans employed by local furniture manufacturers in seven different disciplines.

Founding partners who assisted with the curriculum design, instructional support of the program and donations of equipment, materials, and scholarships include Century Furniture, LEE Industries, Lexington Home Brands, Sherrill Furniture, and Vanguard Furniture.  

Additional supporting partners include American Home Furnishings Alliance, Atlantic Packaging, Autoquip Corporation, Bassett Furniture, CR Laine, Dimension Wood Products, DUO Fast/Southern Carlson, Ethan Allen, Fairfield Chair, Fairgrove Furniture, Geiger International, Gerber Technology, Harris Handling , Haworth Health Environments, HBF Textiles, HSM Solutions, Heico Fasteners, Image Industries, Interstate Foam & Supply Co., Leggett & Platt, NC Works Career Center Catawba, Precedent, Snyder Paper, TB Arhaus, TCS Designs Inc., Thomasville-Drexel, United Sewing and Wesley Hall, Inc.

The next eight-week CVFA Furniture Fundamentals class begins April 9. For more information, contact Lori Price with CVCC’s Business & Industry Services, 828-327-7000, ext. 4284, lprice@cvcc.edu or Cindy Fulbright, CVFA Project Manager, 828-327-7000, ext. 4778, lfulbright@cvcc,.edu.


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