EDC offers a free carpentry course on Lopez Island


EDC offers a free carpentry course on Lopez Island

Submitted by the San Juan County Economic Development Board.

Those looking for professional skills or professional inspiration are encouraged to take a free, hands-on woodworking course offered by the San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC). This four-session course, Introduction to Woodworking, will be taught by Kristen Ryan, woodworking teacher at Lopez Island High School. The course runs from January 22 to February 12 (Saturday), 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Lopez Island High School.

Kristen Ryan has been developing the woodworking program at Lopez Island High School since 2019. A project-based program has been designed for anyone seeking employment or developing a career that may involve working with wood, whether whether in construction, manufacturing or elsewhere. The course will introduce basic skills including measurement, safety, tool use, assembly and wood finishing. Students will create picnic tables and benches that will be donated to the Lopez Island School Garden Program.

Candidates must be 18 years of age or older, reside in San Juan County, and attend the course to learn job skills. The deadline to apply is January 11, 2022 and registrations are limited

To apply, please visit EDC’s website at www.sanjuansedc.org/trades. For more information, email the EDC Trades Coordinator at [email protected]

This course is made possible by San Juan County, the Harvest Foundation, the Building Industry Association of Washington, the Raynier Institute and Foundation, the Lopez Lions and other funders of EDC’s skills training initiatives. Materials for this course were donated by Jones Family Farm and Sunset Building Supply. EDC extends special thanks to the Boden, Corbin, Levinson, Madsen and VanHyning families, as well as the many other individual donors whose support was essential to the launch of the training program.


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