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Furniture Academy

The Furniture Academy at CVCC prepares students for high demand jobs in the furniture industry.

The Catawba Valley Furniture Academy is an industry-driven training program designed by local furniture manufacturers to prepare students for skilled positions that are in high demand by one of the region's largest employers.

We have two very highly regarded Furniture Academies: Catawba Valley Furniture Academy, which started in 2014 and the Alexander Furniture Academy, which started in the summer of 2016.

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» Catawba Valley Furniture Academy Ribbon Cutting December 8, 2016

Founding Industry Partners:

» Century FurnitureSewing upholstery fabric, a cutting machine, and an upholstered furniture corner
» Lee Industries
» Lexington Home Brands
» Sherrill Furniture
» Vanguard Furniture

What does the program provide to its students?

  • Explore Specific Career Paths: Plant tours, Career Previews, and Assessments help students determine best career options.
  • Hands-on Training: Students acquire critical skills through hands-on training in our simulated furniture manufacturing facility.
  • Quality Instruction: Learn from experienced craftsmen from our local industries.
  • High Pay/High Demand Jobs: Train for lucrative career opportunities today.

The program offers a series of classes including:

  • Furniture Fundamentals
  • Pattern Making
  • Manual Cutting
  • Automated Cutting
  • Sewing
  • Introduction to Upholstery
  • Spring Up
  • Inside Upholstery
  • Outside Upholstery


Supporting Partners:

  American Home Furnishings Alliance
Atlantic Packaging 
Autoquip Corporation
Bassett Furniture
City of Newton
CR Laine
Dimension Wood Products
Ethan Allen
Fairfield Chair
Fairgrove Furniture
Geiger International
Gerber Technology
Harris Handling
Haworth Health Environments
Heritage Home Group
HBF Textiles
HSM Solutions
Image Industries
Leggett & Platt
NC Works Career Center Catawba
Snyder Paper
TCS Designs Inc.
TD Arhaus
United Sewing 
Wesley Hall Inc.


Registration Details:

To find out more about the program, register for the class, and learn about scholarship opportunities, please contact us at (828) 327-7000, ext. 4294

For scholarships, candidates must bring either: (1) Current US government issued photo ID and birth certificate or (2) passport. This requirement is only for those candidates requesting scholarship assistance.