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Dates to Remember in June

  • June 8-19 — Register for the monthly online Technical Talk Tuesday discussion on June 20 here.  Share your suggestions about standards improvements.
  • June 8-19 — Federated Insurance’s Employment Insights Webinar on June 20 is open for registration here.
  • June 8-27 — Check out the results of the 2017 National SkillsUSA Competition during the webinar on June 28.  Register here.

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AWI News

June NewsBriefs Now Online: Seminars, Outreach, Convention News & More

Read the latest news in the June edition of AWI’s monthly print newsletter NewsBriefs.

  • “Plan for a Good Year Ahead…Despite Uncertainty and Volatility” – Find out what Alan Beaulieu of ITR Economics™ is planning for his AWI convention keynote address and discover what’s in store for your business near-term.  See the cover story.

  • “Lower Your Overhead with New AWI Member Only Benefit!” – Check out the services that AWI’s newest affinity partner, Service First Processing, can provide to reduce your credit card processing fees.  The article begins on page 1.

  • “First AWI AutoCAD Seminar Marks Success” – On page 2 read about the hands-on, lab-intensive course. Watch for news of future offerings.

  • “AWI, QCP, WCA Plan Strong Showing at AWFS” – Plan to visit each of them at their booths for demonstrations and check out their education programs at the upcoming AWFS® Fair.

  • “2017 AWI President’s Gala Set at Historic Plantation” – On page 4 discover the history of this storied estate and plan to attend AWI’s convention in Charleston, SC.

  • “Team Building – Will Your Escape?” – The 2017 convention will include an exciting adventure in an Escape Room.  Learn what it’s all about.

  • “AWI & QCC Representatives Connect with Architects & Design Professionals” – On page 6 discover how AWI’s outreach is raising the visibility of architectural woodwork and the Quality Certification Program.

  • “AWI Reaches Out to Machinery Manufacturers” – AWI staff is making connections and expanding outreach to sister associations.

  • “Honoring Our Past…Standards Development in the 1990s” – Learn more about the rich history of how woodwork standards have evolved into the present day initiatives.  See page 7.

  • “Intl. Machinery Standards Progressing” – AWI is keeping an eye on the progress of equipment standards that will affect both suppliers and woodworkers.  Learn more on page 8.

Read these articles in the June edition of NewsBriefs, AWI’s monthly print newsletter which is online NOW.  A hard copy is scheduled to arrive at your mailbox around June 19.

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AWI Welcomes New Members


Creative Millwork, LLC, St. Charles, IL

DK Finishing, Sterling, VA

Faulkner-Fain Company, Inc., Nicholasville, KY,

Kinon Surface Design, Inc., Boynton Beach, FL,

Merchants Fixture, Ashland, VA,

Platinum Millworks, Inc, Bronx, NY

Professional Millwork Design, LLC, Glendale, AZ

Smith Stone Supply, Inc., Ogden, UT,

Specialized Wood Establishment, Ltd., Amman, Jordan,

Wood Technologies LLC, Grabill, IN                         

Note: These new members joined AWI in May 2017.

Use the online Directory of AWI Manufacturing and Supplier Members at for contact information and access to the Web sites of these and other AWI members. The resource is open 24/7 for use in seeking manufacturers and suppliers of architectural woodwork.

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AWI Learning Forums

Three AWI Webinars Scheduled for June: What Are They?

Online Education
Complimentary webinars for AWI members!

June 20
11:30 am – 12:00 pm (EDT)
Technical Talk Webinar

Ashley Goodin, AWI Technical Director

Live from the AWI National Testing Center in Americus, Georgia, AWI Technical Director Ashley Goodin will introduce a technical question of the month, provide a glimpse into casework performance testing, deliver a brief update on the progress of the next generation of AWI / ANSI Standards and field your questions.  

Technical Talk Tuesday webinars will cover subjects related to AWS Edition 2, specifications, and “what to do until the new standards are on the street.”

Challenge us with your hardest questions!  Together we will make the Standards better!

Click here

June 20

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (EDT)
Employment Insights - Hidden Dangers of Employment Law Webinar

Federated Insurance

This webinar will explain some of the common mistakes employers make that lead to the most frequent claims of discrimination and retaliation—and that make them harder to defend. We’ll also discuss some easy, practical steps you can take to avoid making these mistakes, and will guide you to some of the complimentary resources available through Federated Insurance.

This activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.

Recommended Participants:
Owners/Operators, Operations Managers, HR Professionals, Risk Managers

Click here

June 28
11:30 am – 12:30 am (EDT)
SkillsUSA Webinar

Presenter: Doug Hague, AWI Education Director

Check out the results of the 2017 National SkillsUSA Competition!

Information/Registration: Click here

AWI 2017 webinars are being deployed with more user-friendly technology. Make sure to complete the survey at the end of each webinar to help us improve both our education and our technology.

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Two Project Management Courses Open for Registration Now!

Information & Registration: Coming soon for the following…

September 28-29
Advanced Estimating
Host: AWI Heart of America Chapter

AWI’s Education Outreach programs hosted by AWI chapters are coming to your area in 2017.  Upcoming programs scheduled to date include:

Project Management Seminar

Do you react to fires every day? Does the phone control the next hour? Is there frustration at your client/job meetings? Come learn skills to take more control of your project!

Project management is supposed to make your life easier. Acquire tools that allow you to find balance between contractor, architect, resources and manpower. Become the most knowledgeable person about your project.

Session covers 16 areas of project management over two days including interactive activities.

This recently updated program is presented by industry peers with considerable experience in project management of varying size projects for diverse companies. Don’t miss this experience--sign up today!

September 15-16
Host: AWI Texas Chapter
Information/Registration: Click here

November 16-17
Host: AWI New Jersey Chapter
Information/Registration: Click here

Information & Registration: Coming soon for the following…

September 28-29
Advanced Estimating
Host: AWI Heart of America Chapter

National Program  

Save the Date!

October 29-31, 2017
65th Annual AWI Convention
Charleston, SC
From Foundations to Future
“We Honor our Past, Treasure our Present and Build our Destiny”

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AWI & QCP Plan Strong Presence at AWFS® Fair

Representatives from AWI and the Quality Certification Program are taking part in the extensive College of Woodworking Knowledge® scheduled during the AWFS®, July 19-22, 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV.

At the AWI/QCP Booth #8868 you’ll observe a sample demonstration of casework testing currently being conducted at AWI National Testing Center at Americus, GA.

Here is the current listing of AWI and QCP sessions among the 54 total AWFS workshops planned.  Registration is required to attend all education programs.

Wednesday, July 19

WE35: CAD Software – Take Your Engineering Department to the Next Level
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Friday, July 21

FR71:  Navigating the Architectural Woodwork Standards, Version 2

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

FR75: Collaboration – Increasing Your Revenue from the Outside In

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Saturday, July 22

SA82: Improving Efficiency and Quality of Commercial Installations

9:30 am – 11:00 am

If you haven’t registered yet for AWFS®, click here for information and to sign up.  To view the education offerings at the AWFS College of Woodworking Knowledge™, click here.

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Convention Watch

Historic Venue Set for 2017 AWI Convention

October 29-31, 2017
65th Annual AWI Convention

Charleston, SC

From Foundations to Future
“We Honor our Past, Treasure our Present and Build our Destiny”

Setting the stage for a southern style welcome, The Mills House Wyndam Grand Hotel will host AWI members attending the 65th Annual AWI Convention, October 29-31, 2017 in Charleston, SC.

Opened in 1853, the hotel is a stunning landmark in Charleston’s Historic District.  With its storied past and southern charm, this historic hotel is within steps of the Old City, famous historic sites, and Charleston’s top ghost tours.  

Photo courtesy of The Mills House Wyndam Grand Hotel

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Father/Daughter Team Will Share Generational Insights for a More Productive Workplace

Plans are being finalized for a dynamic program you won’t want to miss at the 65th Annual AWI Convention, October 29-31, 2017 in Charleston, South Carolina.

Mark your calendar for sessions on…

“Managing the Friction Between Generations at Work”

Father/daughter team Larry (a Baby Boomer) and Megan (a Generation Xer) Johnson will colorfully and honestly “Zap the Generation Gap”.  They will deliver an engaging presentation focusing on “how to keep Millennials interested, on board and engaged.”  

You will learn how to:

  • Prepare Baby Boomers to manage Millennials.
  • Prepare Millennials to manage Baby Boomers.
  • Institute a social media policy at work that works.
  • Reduce Millennial turn-over while increasing their productivity.
  • Create more harmony and less friction between all the generations that work for you.

Gain more insights about their entertaining and provocative presentation in the May issue of AWI NewsBriefs here.  The article begins on page 1.  Plan to attend to learn how you can successfully create a work environment in which all generations can be productive and satisfied while you manage the friction among them.

“Mastering the Storm of Change”

Drawing on well-documented research and 22 years of consulting experience with some of the world’s foremost corporations and governmental organizations, Larry Johnson will show you how to make the most of these changing times.

You will learn how to:

  • Manage the psychological roller coaster that is a natural part of change.
  • Identify the differences between things you can change and things you cannot.
  • Replace whining and pity parties with proactive, positive performance.
  • Apply a three-step process for selecting your healthiest options in stressful situations.

Read all about his presentation on page 7 of the May edition of NewsBriefs here.

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Renowned Economist Alan Beaulieu Returns as Keynoter

Alan Beaulieu of ITR Economics™, one of the nation’s most informed economists will return to AWI’s 20-17 convention by popular demand.

“Plan for a Good Year Ahead…Despite Uncertainty and Volatility”

A good year ahead seems unlikely given the uncertainty and volatility which are the prevailing challenges that business leaders confront today. But that’s what ITR Economics is forecasting. Plan to attend the keynote session on October 31st to learn how to manage your business with some key economic indicators that can guide you in your decision-making.

Alan will provide attendees with a methodology by which their company can take advantage of the present economic environment. Using rate-of-change calculations, the audience can:

  • Learn where they are in the business cycle,
  • Identify key leading indicators to focus on for critical business decisions, and
  • Establish strategic objectives that will enable them to make the right decisions at the right time.

So, what do you do in the meantime?  Find out what Alan advises in the June edition of AWI’s monthly print newsletter, NewsBriefs.  The good advice will help you address present conditions and plan for the future.

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Woodwork Career Alliance to Highlight Workforce Development in Vegas

The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America (WCA), celebrating its 10th anniversary as the champion of woodworking skill standards, will present a well-rounded collection of workforce development tools and strategies at the AWFS® Fair, July 19-22 in Las Vegas.

The WCA’s integral participation at the AWFS Fair will include previewing new training tools, offering seven Accredited Skill Evaluator Training sessions and leading three of the AWFS Fair’s College of Woodworking Knowledge seminars.

The WCA’s booth #9846 will anchor the AWFS Fair’s new “Higher Education Learning Pavilion” (HELP). Woodworking instructors can stop by the WCA’s booth to learn about the benefits of becoming an EDUcation® member. Woodworkers and suppliers can learn about the value of WCA INDustry® membership. The WCA also will preview first generation training materials developed by Madison College instructor Patrick Molzahn, a WCA Chief Evaluator. In addition to more than 50 videos, Molzahn has assembled training outlines, teaching notes, exercises and activities to help build a woodworking candidate’s skill and knowledge. All of these training tools are correlated to his recently revised textbook, Modern Cabinetmaking, and represent a major new benefit for INDustry™ and EDUcation™ Members.

Molzahn will be joined by fellow WCA chief evaluators Kent Gilchrist and Greg Larson, to present accredited skill evaluator training sessions slated for each day of the show. These train-the-trainer workshops teach woodworking program instructors how to evaluate passport holders’ skill standard achievements. Woodworking instructors interested in reserving a seat for one of the evaluator training sessions should contact WCA President Scott Nelson at

The WCA will be well represented in the AWFS Fair College of Woodworking Knowledge education program and include:

  • Workforce Crisis – Job One, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 19 – Kent Gilchrist will explain how to find qualified woodworking candidates and how to educate, train and retain valued woodworking employees.
  • Create Your Own In-House Training Program with WCA Skill Standards & Passport Program, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 19 - Scott Nelson, President of the WCA, will present how woodworking companies can use the WCA Skill Standards to develop a training program to evaluate and reward the skill levels of new and existing employees.
  • Tools for Teaching and Evaluating the WCA Standards, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 21 - Patrick Molzahn and Bert Christiansen will show how schools or woodworking shops can implement the WCA’s credentialing Passport system and access the WCA’s training tools to develop an effective training program.

Since it was chartered in 2007, the WCA has developed Skill Standards for more than 240 woodworking machines and operations and issued nearly 1,400 individual skill credential passports. The standards and passports are recognized by educational institutions and woodworking companies operating throughout the United States and Canada. The overarching goal of the WCA is to develop and grow the industry’s workforce by creating pathways for woodworkers to advance their careers and income as they learn new skills.

The Woodwork Career Alliance was founded in 2007 as a 501C (3) non-profit corporation and is governed by a volunteer board of directors. The WCA’s mission is to develop and administer a unified set of Skill Standards for the wood products industry. To learn more about the WCA and how to get involved with its programs, visit

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Tee-shirt & Prize Drawing Fundraiser for the Woodwork Career Alliance: What’s the Deal?

Alphacam, Cabinet Vision, Woodworking Network, and AWI have teamed up to raise money for Woodwork Career Alliance, helping to fund wood industry education and scholarships. Help us ensure that the future of the woodworking industry remains vibrant. All proceeds go to support the WCA.

Come by the Alphacam and Cabinet Vision booth (#4412) at AWFS in Las Vegas wearing this shirt and you'll be entered into a drawing to win an iPad plus other prizes!

To view and purchase a shirt, click here.

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Sponsor News

O2 Filtration Announces Name Change to Höcker North America

From O2 Filtration

This new relationship allows for distribution of all Hӧcker Polytechnik products to the Wood, Plastic, and Packaging industry.

An official ceremony will take place at this year’ AWFS show.

O2 Filtration has given 15% stock to Mr. Frank Hӧcker of Hӧcker Polytechnik GmbH of Germany in return for distribution rights to the packaging industry.

As a leader is air filtration in the European market Hӧcker Polytechnik is a market leader in the Woodworking and Packaging industries.  Additionally Hӧcker Polytechnik is the only company to be vertically integrated with all of its products from spray booths and paint rooms to Briquetting machines and shredders.

“Our relationship continues to strengthen even after 8 years of working together.  Hӧcker Polytechnic is a family company and its employees, managers, and owners are all great people,” the company’s news release states.

ӧcker North America is a Level 3 AWI

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Biesse at Ligna 2017: a 45 Million Euro Edition

From Biesse Group

The 2017 edition of the Ligna trade show in Hanover was a special time for Biesse.

The great number of visitors from all over the world who came to the over 5,000 square meter stand and the positive feedback received from customers, partners and the press were a significant and gratifying response. They are the fruit of the company's investments toward providing increasingly efficient services, offering innovative products and strengthening its presence in markets throughout the world.

“We were particularly proud of the innovations Biesse presented at this edition” stated Federico Broccoli, Division Director Wood/Sales & Branch Division Director. “The layout of our stand was entirely based on the 4.0 concept," Broccoli continued, "with interconnected technologies that offer customers the significant benefit of reducing production times and creating efficiency. We like to refer to these solutions as IoB – Internet of Biesse”.

The interest garnered by the Machines Knowledge Center, a new platform developed in collaboration with Accenture that guarantees a series of features and services for obtaining more value from the machines, and by the renewed bSuite, a software suite made in Biesse that makes the most advanced technology accessible to anyone, are a testament to how strongly customers need products and services that can revolutionize traditional production areas.

Over the five-day trade show a full 4,500 visitors from all around the world visited the Biesse stand, generating 45 million euros worth of incoming orders, 35% of which are 4.0 lines. Never before had the company achieved such figures at any trade show.

“We thank you all for this great success, all our employees and partners who contributed to creating the stand and, especially, all our customers, who have demonstrated that the bond between us extends beyond the quality of our technology and speaks to the great trust placed in the professionalism and reliability that the Biesse brand represents," Federico Broccoli stated in closing.

Biesse, an AWI Supplier Member since 1995, is a Level 4 AWI Sponsor.

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Sponsor Learning Forum

Federated Insurance Hosts Risk Management Academy

Federated Insurance Risk Management Academy
August 14-16, 2017
Owatonna, MN

  • Learn to help prevent the losses chipping away at your bottom line.
  • Connect with industry peers facing similar challenges and insurance professionals committed to helping your business thrive.
  • Apply what you’ve learned to make a tangible difference at your business.

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Federated Mutual Insurance Company • Federated Service Insurance Company* Federated Life Insurance Company • Federated Reserve Insurance Company* 

*Not licensed in all states. © 2017 Federated Mutual Insurance Company

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Chapter News

AWI Texas Chapter Reports on Successful SkillsUSA State Cabinetmaking Contest & Scholarship Awards

By Jim Kollaja, TAWI Cabinetmaking Contest Tech Chair

Volunteers gathered in Corpus Christi on April 7-8 at the American Bank Center to conduct the Cabinetmaking Skills Contest for the SkillsUSA Texas State Leadership Conference. 2017 marked the 19th consecutive year that the AWI Texas Chapter (TAWI) has sponsored the cabinetmaking contest which now is the annual Spring Chapter meeting site. The event has become a popular volunteer event that receives enthusiastic support from TAWI manufacturing and supplier members each year. 

Over 20 TAWI members and guests attended the meeting held at the contest booth followed by dinner and judging of student projects well into the evening. Saturday morning chapter members volunteered as judges for a variety of other conference contests in addition to the Cabinetmaking Contest. Twelve contestants from around the state competed for the opportunity to represent Texas at the National contest in Louisville, Kentucky in June.

Since 1999 TAWI has presented our 1st Place contestant with an award covering all expenses to attend the National SkillsUSA Cabinetmaking Contest in the summer.

Since 2007 TAWI has awarded college scholarships to our top three contestants.

Pictured above (l to r): David Rodriguez, 2nd Place received a $1000 College Scholarship; Kyle Hassett, recipient of the 4th Annual Charles Lutz Memorial, 1st Place, $1500 College Scholarship;Reagan Chapman, 3rd Place received a $500 Scholarship; and Jim Kollaja, Tech Chair.

During the chapter meeting, Friday evening, Past AWI National President Greg Lutz, Lutz Woodworks, LLC, presented the TAWI with a kind note from Betty Lutz and a generous gift of $1,500 to bolster the funding of the Texas SkillsUSA Cabinetmaking Contest and Scholarships.  Since the passing of Mr. Charles Lutz, TAWI has presented the first place winner of the contest with a scholarship honoring him (The Charles Lutz Memorial Scholarship). 

Thank you to Hardwoods Inc. for contest materials and help setting up the booth; Reyenga Enterprises for goody bags and prizes; Environment LTD for contest supplies; Wurth-Louis Co. for contest hardware; Stanley/Black&Decker/Dewalt for contest tools; and all the countless supporters behind the scene. Last but not least to Craig Montgomery for keeping track of everyone while setting up the chapter meeting.


Contest Judges (l to r): Craig Montgomery - Maverick Door; Chris Poindexter - Reyenga Enterprises; Dan Pool - Hunter Millworks; Jim Kollaja - Fulton Construction; Teena Herrera - Maverick Door; Chase Chappell - Hoffman Co.; Colin Reyenga - Reyenga Enterprises; Mark Middleton - Dakota Hardwoods; Bill Donnelly - Wurth Louis Co.; and Allen Petersen - Stanley-Black Decker, Dewalt       

TAWI is the single largest industry driven volunteer team to participate at the SkillsUSA Texas state contest each year. Planning and executing the cabinetmaking contest is a joint effort of all chapter members who have taken ownership and pride in conducting an exciting and rewarding experience for the students.

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AWI Washington Chapter Hits One Out of the Park

The AWI Washington Chapter reported to its members and followers “Live” on Facebook May 5, 2017 at “ON DECK” from SAFECO FIELD at the Seattle Mariners & Texas Rangers game in two large private suites above Hit it Here Café for the meet and greet of local woodworking manufacturers and general contractors!  

The chapter officials thank the attendees and sponsors of this first-ever event that attracted 75 people.


Bruce Matson
Burke Gibson (New Member)
Custom Source Woodworking
GHL Architectural (New Member)
KML Corporation
Pearson Millwork
Skagit Architectural
Westcoast Laminating

Prospective NEW MANUFACTURERS Members attendees:

Frontier Door & Cabinets
Martin Furniture

Supplier Sponsors:

EB Bradley
Elite Millwork
Hardwood Specialty Products
Numatic Finishing
Sierra Forest Products

General Contractor attendees:

Andersen Construction
Chinn Construction
Corstone LLC
Howard S Wright
HST Construction
JR Abbott Construction
Sellen Construction

“It was a HUGE Success!!! Everyone had a great time during the meet and greet, food and beverages were provided, a raffle of Mariner shirts and hats took place, then the game to just sit back and relax getting to know everyone while watching the game,” reported chapter Executive Director Kirsten Ingham.

Congratulations on the success of your fun networking event!

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Upcoming Chapter Events: Check Out the Activities

AWI Ohio Valley Chapter
June 22, 2017 (8:00 am)
What: Program & Meeting SkillsUSA Competition at Kentucky Exposition Center
Presentation: “New Basics of Sales of Marketing”
Presenter: Scott Markwood, Häfele
Where: Interwood Forest Products, Shelbyville, KY
Special Event:  SkillsUSA Competition, Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, KY
Information/Registration: Click here

AWI Central PA Chapter
July 20, 2017 (8:30 am start)
What: Golf Outing & Awards and Dinner
Where: Cool Creek Golf Club, Wrightsville, PA
Information/Registration: Click here

AWI Ohio Valley Chapter
August 4, 2017
What: Golf Outing & Lunch
Where: Legendary Run, Cincinnati, OH

All chapters are encouraged to plan their events early to allow for ample promotion of activities in this section of AWI e-briefs as well as through other avenues.  Contact Liz DiFiore, AWI Community Relations Manager, at  

Note that chapter events are listed in the first week’s edition of e-briefs published monthly and distributed to all AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members.  Get noticed! Build your audience! Grow your chapter!

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AWI e-briefs

Upcoming Editions

Watch for e-briefs on:

  • June 22, 2017 (Business, industry, safety, construction, and other news)

  • July 5, 2017 (News of AWI and its affiliated organizations: QCP, WCA, AWIEF, Speakers Bureau)

Depend on e-briefs to bring you news of AWI publications and programs and other pertinent information that impacts your architectural woodwork business.

For prior issues of AWI e-briefs, click here.

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Program & SkillsUSA Competition



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