National Woods Manufacturing Training Center: MILL

Opening Fall 2017!!Manufacturing Industry Learning Lab

The MILL stands for “Manufacturing Industry Learning Lab” and is located at the Peyton/Widefield Vocational Education Campus on 4450 Foreign Trade Zone Boulevard across from the Widefield School District’s Transportation Department.

Map Link

BACKGROUND

In the fall of 2015, Peyton 23-JT Superintendent Tim Kistler hired Dean Mattson to teach state-of-the-art woodworking manufacturing classes. Mattson is a former professional cabinet maker who started a similar program at a high school in Oregon that was a huge success. The program became known as the Peyton Woods Manufacturing Program with a shop that includes more than $800,000 in loaned equipment from some of the industry’s biggest names.

Widefield School District Superintendent Scott Campbell was blown away by the potential of the program after attending an open house and jumped at the opportunity to get his students involved. In the spring of 2016, Widefield sent 30 students to Peyton to be a part of the program. There is now 180 students from six school districts taking the Peyton Woods program every day.

The success of the program, in less than a year, prompted Mattson, Kistler and Campbell to create a partnership that will allow the program to expand in Southern Colorado. The two school districts entered into a partnership through the Peyton/Widefield Vocational Education Campus, which houses a 46,000-square-foot building located south of the Colorado Springs Airport.

Stiles Machinery, headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., has committed a significant amount of equipment for woodworking students to use. We have 40 exclusive partners and are excited to build more relationships with those interested in giving students a career pathway and strengthening Colorado’s workforce.

IN THE NEWS

CONTACT 

Dean Mattson: deanmattson@peyton.k12.co.us – (719) 749-2330

Tim Kistler: kistler@peyton.k12.co.us – (719) 749-2330