DJCC Mill and Cabinetmaking Instructor
Since 1995, Joe Davis has been the mill and cabinet making instructor at the Dale Jackson Career Center. In the last twenty three years, Davis has educated over twelve hundred students, and has commuted over a half a million miles to do so– driving three hours a day to and from the school.
Leading the way in the Wood Manufacturing and Technology Department, Davis’ classes focus on traditional woodworking and furniture making, yet also cultivates a love and passion of the craft in his students. He provide students with the skills and confidence to enter the work force straight out of high school, or to pursue a higher education at colleges like Pittsburg State University. Curriculum includes shop safety, basic hand tools, portable power tools, and larger machinery operations, such as CNC machines. In the classroom, students learn basic design skills and computer programs to create their own projects. Davis makes sure that his students are aware of new technological advancements and changes occurring in this traditional but progressing industry.
Davis’ students have the opportunity to take the Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA) national certification tests. Dale Jackson Career Center is one of only two schools in the state of Texas that can offer this industry recognized certification. Davis encourages and supports students to participate in SkillsUSA, various regional and national cabinetmaking contests, and his students frequently win awards and place very high at all levels of competition.
Davis holds a lifetime Texas Education Agency Career and Technology Education Teacher Certification. He is a three time recipient of the DJCC Teacher of the Year, as well as WoodLINKS National Teacher of the Year and has also been awarded the LISD Golden Apple. He has been on the National Education Team for 18 years and currently serves as chairman for the national cabinetmaking contests for the student leadership organization SkillsUSA.
By learning the traditional woodworking skill sets students understand how technology and innovation can help push the woodworking field into new dimensions. Joe Davis’ students have been employed as interns and full time workers with companies as diverse as Republic Elite Multifamily Interiors, AEP Millwork, Laminate Works, Green Point Technologies, Professional Installation Network, Woodmont Cabinetry, and many more.
Joe Davis gives the next generation of wood working professionals a solid base of the traditional craft, enabling them to use the understanding of properties and limitations of wood to thrive in today’s ever changing landscape. Dedication can be measured with numbers but we feel a more accurate representation are testimonials by Davis’ former students, as well as professionals from the North Texas wood working industry. Please take five minutes to watch the video below about Joe Davis’ profound impact on our Wood Working Community.