Demonstrating their woodworking expertise, students Ian MacFayden and David Noorden transformed a corner of the carpentry workshop at the Scarborough Centre for Alternative Studies into a shipyard.
As part of the Centre’s highly successful Pre-Apprenticeship Carpentry Program, the two skilled students built a canoe. With the vessel completed in spring 2012, MacFayden and Noorden put hull to water that summer. They embarked on a four day camping and canoe trip at Killarney Provincial Park.
Affectionately known as the Fix-It Shop, this carpentry program continues to support students to build the skills and confidence to launch fulfilling careers.
This is what a few of them have to say:
“I have learned and earned a lot of respect for the trade and I thank you for giving me the tools I need to succeed in the classroom as well as in the field.” -- Remington Dixon
“I joined this class expecting to spend most of my time reading and writing but there is a lot of time spent with hands-on training. The class turns into a team throughout the semester. I would recommend the Fix-It program to anyone interested in becoming a carpenter.” -- Akmal Hayam
“This program is great for all adults – those with no experience and for those who have. I looked forward to this class everyday until the end. Great teachers and resources. This place is a goldmine for learning.” - Eyoab Mandefro