High School skills training

Wood Product Manufacturing

Next Step of West Michigan provides a foundation in wood product manufacturing combining technical, occupational, and life skills training for high school students to create career pathways and bridge the skills and employment gap in our community.

Ahmed & Roger using bandsaw

Start date :

August 2024

Dale & Israel sanding table base

Duration :

Academic year 2024-25

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Who to contact if interested:

Your high school guidance counselor. 2024-25 program will be for incoming juniors.

Program description

Wood Product Manufacturing

Next Step of West Michigan provides a foundation in wood product manufacturing combining technical, occupational, and life skills training for high school students to create career pathways and bridge the skills and employment gap in our community.

Start date :

August 2024

Duration :

Academic year 2024-25

Who to contact if interested:

Your high school guidance counselor. 2024-25 program will be for incoming juniors.

Tour Next Step

Contact your school counselor or Next Step to arrange a student visit. We’d love to show you the new workshop!

Email events@nextstep-wm.org to schedule a tour.

Upcoming event:

Stay tuned for events to come!

Instructor Fatayi's story

Curiosity is what led Fatayi to join Next Step’s Wood Product Manufacturing program, a pilot training program offered in partnership with Lighthouse Academy in Grand Rapids, MI. According to Fatayi, the experience opened his eyes to the world of wood. Awed by the tools and grateful for the patience of his instructor Roger, he created a beautiful end table which later won 1st prize at an arts and crafts exhibition. After graduating from Next Step’s program, Fatayi returned to serve as an intern. More recently, Fatayi joined the Next Step team as Assistant Training Instructor, working alongside students and Lead Instructor Roger Visker.