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Alexander Furniture Academy

Alexander Furniture Academy, Taylorsville NC has training available for sewing operators and upholstery craftsman.

Skill. Craft. Mastery.

Alexander Furniture Academy ChairProgram Description

The Alexander County Furniture Academy is an industry driven training program designed by local furniture manufacturers and CVCC to prepare students for the skilled positions that are in high demand by some of the largest employers in our area.

Class Dates, Cost and Availability

  • Program is offered twice a year starting in January and June.
  • Available Spaces Per Semester
    • 15 Upholstery Craftsman
    • 15 Sewing Operators
  • Cost - $250.00 per semester plus required tools
  • Scholarships Availability


Course Description

This course introduces and trains the students in the basic skill level required to become an employable Sewing Operator or Upholstery Craftsman within the furniture industry. The course includes an overview of core concepts such as manufacturing skills training, measurements and math, teamwork and communications and problem solving.

» Alexander Furniture Academy Application (PDF)

What you can expect from the Furniture Academy

Over the 24 week period you will be taught the necessary skills (by an expert Craftsman) needed to start your career within the furniture industry. Choose your path of Sewing Operator or Upholstery Craftsman and experts will teach you the hard skills required for your chosen career. This training will make you a highly desirable candidate for employment with many of the local furniture manufacturers in Alexander County.

Salary Range

$35,000 - $60,000 per year for a Upholstery Craftsman

$30,000 - $55,000 per year for a Sewing Operator

Furniture Industry Outlook

Alexander Furniture Academy Blue chair with matching foot stoolFurniture manufacturing in North Carolina has a long and storied history. It has provided life long careers for hundreds of thousands of families over many decades in Western North Carolina, dating back to the mid 1800’s.

Working in the furniture industry is not only financially rewarding, but also personally satisfying in that you are part of creating something consumers need and will enjoy using in their homes everyday.

There are many jobs in upholstery manufacturing which require a highly skilled Craftsman. Craftsmen take pride in the work they do everyday; a person who wants to be part of a team and strives to succeed in his/her career.

The future of the furniture industry is very bright. At one time, there was concern that most of the furniture jobs were moving to Asia. While some case-goods jobs have been lost to overseas manufacturing, the upholstery segment of the industry has not been lost. In fact, it is growing at a very rapid pace, which means there are well paying career opportunities right here in Alexander County.

Founding Sponsors

  • Craftmaster Furniture
  • Kincaid Furniture
  • Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

Scholarship Sponsors

  • American Home Furnishings Alliance
  • Craftmaster Furniture
  • Hancock and Moore
  • Huntington House
  • Kincaid/La-Z-Boy
  • Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
  • Paladin Industries
  • Taylor King Furniture


CVCC Alexander Applied Technology Center
231 Industrial Blvd.
Taylorsville, NC 28681
(828) 632-8221

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