Named BEST Trade School  

The people of Colorado Springs voted The Manufacturing Industry Learning Lab (MiLL) as one of the Best Trade Schools in Colorado Springs. The Best Of Colorado Springs is a contest put on the by the Colorado Springs Independent (Indy). Each year the Indy posts out ballots for people to fill out the "Best Of" in a variety of categories.

The MiLL won Silver in Best Trade Schools in Colorado Springs!

Visit the MILL website at:

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.




Dean Mattson: - (719) 749-2330

John Stearns: - (719) 749-2330

Tim Kistler: - (719) 749-2330

Scott Campbell: - (719) 391-3000

For other Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in WSD3 click here. 



Woods Manufacturing & Cabinet Finishing: 
We focus on Lean Manufacturing using the latest Woods Technology and an Industry/Education driven curriculum

In partnership with the HBI, students are taught a program that standardizes all residential construction processes.



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 3 (WSD3) 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. The Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America and the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association donated $25,000 to the MiLL. We also 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. 

Widefield has also partnered with the Colorado Springs Housing and Building Association to use the House Builders Institute (HBI) curriculum for the construction program. The HBI curriculum focuses on the Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program and the first year includes Building Trades Safety, Construction Math, Tools and Construction Materials, Employability, and Green Building.


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