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Catawba Valley Furniture Academy recognizes latest graduates


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

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 3, contact Lori Miller with CVCC’s Business & Industry Services, 828-327-7000, ext. 4284,, or Cindy Fulbright, CVFA Project Manager, 828-3277000, ext. 4778, lfulbright@

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