Furniture Academy April Grads

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.


Furniture Academy Grads April 2019

Students who completed the Sewing component include Crystal Roles of Hickory, Brandy Rhoton of Claremont, Florence Tabak of Catawba, Carrina Collins of Hickory, Ann Kuhn of Iron Station, and Ma Xiong of Hickory.

Students who completed the Inside Upholstery component include Brandon Prysock-Lewis of Catawba, Richard Morgan Elkins of Granite Falls, and Jose Del-Pilar of Hickory.

Bryan Hord of Hickory completed the Manual Cutting component.

Jorge Diaz-Rivera of Lincolnton completed the Outside Upholstery component.

Linda Chapman of Valdese completed the Automated Cutting component.

The upholstered furniture industry has experienced continued growth in our region. Coupled with this growth and the need to train skilled craftsmen/women in preparation for additional job openings due to retiring employees, the Catawba Valley Furniture Academy’s unique training prepares a future workforce for immediate employment opportunities upon successful completion of the program. Training is offered in seven skilled disciplines, Manual Cutting, Automated Cutting, Pattern Making, Sewing, Inside Upholstery, Outside Upholstery, and 8-way Hand Tie Spring Up. The training is conducted in the evenings, Monday – Thursday, 5:30 to 8:30 pm and is taught by skilled artisans employed by our local furniture manufacturers.

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 July 17. For more information, contact Lori Price with CVCC’s Business & Industry Services, 828-327-7000, ext. 4284, or Cindy Fulbright, CVFA Project Manager, 828-327-7000, ext. 4778, lfulbright@cvcc,.edu.

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