Catawba Valley Furniture Academy recognizes latest graduates

The Catawba Valley Furniture Academy celebrated the success of its newest graduates on March 28.


Catawba Valley Furniture Academy

Graduates for three different types of certificates were recognized during the ceremony held this past week for the Catawba Valley Furniture Academy, which is partnership between Catawba Valley Community College and major western North Carolina furniture manufacturers.

Completing the Sewing Certificate were Tammy Cannon, Halley Rhoton and Krista Clayton. Nicole Bowman and Edvin Cristobal completed the Manual Cutting Certificate. 

The Inside Upholstery Certificate was completed by Joseph Beard, and the Outside Upholstery Certificate was completed by Logan Penley.

Catawba Valley Furniture Academy’s unique training prepares a future workforce for immediate employment. 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 Monday through Thursday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. and is taught by skilled artisans employed by local furniture manufacturers.

To enroll in the next eight-week CVFA Furniture Fundamentals class starting on May 23, contact Lori Miller with CVCC’s Business & Industry Services, 828-327-7000, ext. 4284,, or Cindy Fulbright, CVFA Project Manager, 828-327-7000, ext. 4778,

You can also fill out the Furniture Fundamentals Registration Form.

From left, instructors Ronnie Wilcox and Davashia Woods; Tammy Cannon; instructor Kevin Hammonds; Nicole Bowman; instructor Roxanne Mitchell; Maria Santiago; instructor Audrey Huffman; Edvin Cristobal; Paula Daniels (Sherrill Furniture); Joseph Beard; Brice Melton, CVCC VP for Teaching and Learning; Gary Muller, CVCC Dean of Economic Development & Corporate Education; and Randall Burns, Senior Executive Director of Economic Development & Corporate Education. Not pictured, Logan Penley.

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