Jake Wozniak of Springville is currently embarking on a two-year training program to prepare for the WorldSkills International competition. The 19-year-old was chosen to be part of a team that will compete in São Paulo, Brazil in 2015.
WorldSkills International promotes vocational education by providing a means of exchange and comparison of world-class competency standards in the industrial trades and service sectors.
Wozniak graduated from the Building Technology program at C-A BOCES Ellicottville Career & Technical Education Center, where he studied under instructor Terry Fuller. In 2012, he won both the National SkillsUSA Competition in cabinetmaking and the SkillsUSA National Championship.
At nationals in Las Vegas, Nev., competitors received a set of plans, a stack of materials and had three, seven-hour workdays to build an intricate cabinet. At the end of the challenge, Wozniak was named the winner and received thousands of dollars in tools and other prizes.
Wozniak’s cabinetmaking journey was recently featured on ABC-WKBW news.