Education will play a major part in the work of KWPCC. First, the group plans to educate the public on the importance of forest products used in everyday life.
David Rowlette, a native Kentuckian most recently on the staff of Pittsburg State University in Kansas, was hired in August 1995 as Director of Education and Training for KWPCC. Rowlette served as coordinator of one of the country's most progressive woodworking schools.
Mark Kaser, Executive Director of KWPCC, says the group's commitment to educational reform is underscored by the work already done and the funds earmarked to do more.
Patton calls KWPCC educational programs a model for the nation
Governor Patton says part of Kentucky's aggressive move to bolster its secondary wood products industry includes the creation by the state legislature of the not-for-profit KWPCC. "This industry-driven corporation is developing a seamless education system that will be a model for technical programs throughout the state and nation.
By April 1996 KWPCC had assisted in bringing over $30 million in new business relationships to Kentucky's wood manufacturers.
Many of these initiatives will pay off in the years to come as KWPCC becomes known as the gateway to Kentucky's secondary wood industry.
Making the general public aware of Kentucky's talented wood industry and KWPCC's role was the second area of concentration.
By the summer of 1995, KWPCC launched a series of industry forums to bring manufacturers in to discuss the corporation's initiative.