This is one of the first in a series of student teacher collaborations where we aim to provide specific steps that can be followed by all students to start planning a career in all types of professions. For this post we want to focus on the carpentry profession and John who takes care of our wood workshop is going to provide some insights from his own experiences.

For all those students that come to my wood work class you already know how much fun working with wood can be and many of you come to some extracurricular classes as well and are well underway to having found a new hobby.

carpenterI personally started working with wood when I was just 5 years old, as both my father and grandfather were cabinet makers. For me the joy in working with wood is obvious, and I try to bring that to students in my classes.

More and more students are asking me these days about starting a career as a carpenter or cabinet maker, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to add to our swchool’s website some reference material.


Carpenters are in quite a lot of demand mainly from the construction industry, but also from home improvement projects that are too big or complex for many home owners. Some of the most common work for carpenters is:

  • the design and construction of timber framing for houses,
  • design and build roof structures
  • laying of timber flooring for both residential and commercial purposes

These are by far the most common jobs that a carpenter will encounter and many professionals will specialize in just one of these areas in order to gain efficiencies and very high reputations.

If you want to become a carpenter then you should follow these very simple steps in order to succeed in your future career:

  • Take part in as many wood workshops as your curriculum allows
  • Once you finish high school apply to a technical college for a carpentry course.
  • Do not apply for the cheapest and shortest course, but rather choose one that is industry accredited
  • While in the course, start applying to local carpentry businesses for small part time work
  • Work hard at your first job and put in as much effort as it takes to stand out

Cabinet Making

This is where I spent a lot of childhood and part of my professional and hobby life. You will need to learn to use the same tools as a carpenter, but there are also a lot of high precision tools that you will have to learn.

In many cases cabinet making is a course you take after you have completed basic carpentry training as above. I would highly recommend cabinet making to those of you that have a bit of an artistic flair and like the design that goes into this job.

Here is what I recommend you do to get start in this career:

  • Take part in as many wood workshops as your curriculum allows
  • Once you finish high school apply to a technical college for a carpentry course.
  • Upon completion add on a cabinet making course
  • Start making furniture in your spare time for family and friends to start getting your name out there
  • While in the course, start applying to local cabinet making businesses for small part time work
  • Work hard at your first job and put in as much effort as it takes to stand out

If you would like some further advice just drop by my office or the wood workshop and I will be more than happy to personalize a plan for you and give you some advice.

Our Mission


Our mission here at Christian Academy Graceland Campus is to combine the efforts of parents, teachers and the church to provide a Christian religious based education. We are fully committed to training young people in all aspects of life in order to shape them into productive, responsible and caring adults.

Our curriculum is designed using lots of feedback from parents to establish a direct involvement of them in the education of their children. We strive to provide growth academically, emotionally, physically, spiritually and socially.

From an early stage we will set flexible goals that help children think about their future and how their actions directly and indirectly affect their own lives and those of others.

Because of the close interaction between our staff and the parents of the children and young adults we are able to provide lots of options to help the career paths of everyone who walks in our doors.

This may involve students taking classes geared towards computer sciences to find out whether this is indeed an area they may be interested in. We also have close ties to local hospitals to allow students to learn about the medical professions.

graceland8But there are also students who may not be tending towards a college course, but rather like the idea of learning a trade. Because of our extensive facilities in wood and metal work, as well as electrical and electronic labs, we are able to give kids the opportunity to find out about professions like carpentry, plumbing and welding.

The advantage of this approach is that the vast majority of our graduates are very certain about what they want to do after graduation and do not end up in courses they are not fully happy with.


Our Facilities

In order to give our staff and students the best environment to work and study in we strive to make a large and diverse range of facilities available. This goes for both academic and sporting areas.

graceland11We have a computer lab with the latest technologies including tablets and smart phones. We also have trained staff and regularly have guests from the IT industry who help out with teaching skills from general computer literacy to programming languages.

Our science labs are equipped with a large selection of tools and equipment to allow for a more hands on lab based teaching approach in physics, chemistry, biology and electronics.

Our wood and metal workshops are fully equipped to allow student to explore and learn about some fantastic manual skills that have led many of our graduates into professions like welding and carpentry.

We particularly pride ourselves in our sporting facilities and we have two fully equipped gyms and a sports hall with two full size indoor basketball courts. We also have a football field, which is also used by our hockey team.

graceland7In recent years we invested significantly in our athletics facilities and we have seen a significant increase in interest in the various disciplines. With our two team buses we are able to make sure that all teams can travel to various competitions and games throughout the state.

We strongly encourage you to get in contact with our admissions office to arrange for a guided tour of our facilities and for you and you child to meet some of our staff and students.

This is the second post in our series of career advice posts and the information here comes from Tony in our metal work shop which we proudly opened just 18 months ago. Since then Tony has created a great amount of tutorials, course work and practical projects that have become very popular with our students. So let’s hand it over to Tony to discuss some of the details.

welderWe opened the metal workshop just about 18 months ago after we were getting increasing requests from students who enjoyed learning about different trades. I was pleasantly surprised how many of you were interested and immediately signed up for some courses.

Many students have been asking about how to start a career as a welder and what kind of options there are after high school. So I thought I might add this information to the website for all those interested.



1) Complete High School

This is very important as many technical colleges and apprenticeship programs will require some sort of GED. As well as doing well in your high school diploma you should sign up to as many of my classes as you can. This will provide a solid basis and when you apply for your first job you will have some very relevant experience that you can put on your resume.

2) Apply For Welding Course

Most technical colleges offer designated welding courses where at the end you will be a certified welder. Course length can vary from intensive 3 month courses to more experience based 6 to 12 month course. A lot of focus in the courses will be on health and safety as it is a high risk profession.

While welding classes and training generally covers a specific set curriculum, I would suggest researching some course at to make sure you choose the course with the latest technology and best chances for employment.

3) Apply For A Union Apprenticeship

This is very popular option that will see you through a welding training program while at the same time gaining experience in the real world through union jobs. Your training will be paid for by a combination of union and employer contributions. You will also receive a small salary for the work you perform.

The advantage is that you will have a direct road into a union work environment which has benefits of union contracts and better pay and benefits.

4) Join The Military

This is also a great option especially if you want to get into the highly specialized area of underwater welding. Commercial diving courses for welders can cost upwards of $20,000. Even though you will very quickly recoup that investment, you may not be in a position to have access to that sort of money.

If this is really something you would like to do then consider signing up to the Navy with the express intent of becoming a Navy diver welder. All your education will be provided by the Navy and once you finish your stint in the military you will be a very highly sort after certified professional.

If you want to find out more about welding, then please call into my office. I can provide you with industry contacts so that you can see with your own eyes what it is all about.

Woodworking is a great pastime if you like working with your hands. To get started at a project, you simply need a couple of simple tools, hardware, and some simple instruction and also some practice. In time, you may acquire additional tools as well as equipment. Likewise, the more you exercise woodworking, the better at it you will become. There are unlimited possibilities of things  that you can make with this pastime. Instances include clocks, chess boards, flag boxes, as well as toys and furniture, to name a few points.

At Graceland Schools we have a fully equipped wood work shop with very experienced carpenters and cabinet makers. All our students are encouraged to take up some classes here.

Woodworking Devices

Table, radial arm, cut or sliding equipment, and miter saws are several of the devices you will certainly need for woodworking. In addition to saws, you will need blades, planes, rasps, scrapers, clamps as well as several types of jigs. These devices will make your work thrive. Woodworking equipment that you will need also includes joints, screws as well as ball bearings.

Starting With Woodworking

After getting access to the equipment above, and hardware, you will certainly need to select some timber for your project. Once you have the tools, equipment and also timber, you could get going with your first job. One approach to discover how to collaborate with your hands is to make the exact same tiny task again and again until you are pleased with the results. For bigger projects, make one task then proceed to your next task.

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Understanding Cabinet Making

If you wish to discover woodworking, there are several sources available. They consist of videos, books, websites and also clubs that could all aid you to start with your new classes. Plans that show exactly how you can construct a piece of furniture step by step are readily available from these sources along with hobby stores. Plans are offered for both large and small jobs.

Utilizing Carpentry to Make Gifts

Your can thrill your friends, family and other students with gifts that you made on your own. When you give a hand made present, the person will certainly be receiving something into which you put your time, effort and heart rather than just something you spent your money on at a shop. They will certainly be able to value these gifts for many years to come. If you are dealing with bigger tasks, your friends and family may begin requesting you to build them a table, closet, breakfront, bed or various other furnishing product. Probably you will have the ability to also turn the pastime into a small company. So if you are interested, it is time to get some tools, equipment, and also knowledge to ensure that you could begin on your new pastime.

A post update from our Information and Comms Tech Department

The Web has developed and also made lots of modifications in our society consisting of personal MySpace web pages, specific blogs, Facebook, Twitter and the means we exchange info as well as the means the public discovers and hears music and talk radio.

Web Radio

Among the upcoming and also most prominent layouts is Internet Radio. Let's talk about an Internet station,, which advertises, plays as well as solely features independent musicians and their works.

Web radio stations have actually been online for more than 10 years and also offer listeners an alternative to "membership radio" and also business radio because of the diverse music genres and also unique chances for independent bands. The independent music industry is being given the leading edge with stations like

I spoke to DJ Tom of concerning the radio terminal as well as why it is necessary, not just the bands and individual artists they promote, however to the general public as well.

"Firstly, it is all about the music," described DJ Tom. "We provide an opportunity for the independent artists to send their songs complimentary to us as well as to do that, they simply visit our site and submit the music via a source called "Music Submit" (we have a special contract with them). "Music Submit" allows bands and also artists to send band bios', media packages as well as of course, the music, and this service subsequently helps the bands by promoting them on ezines, other Net radio terminals, blog sites and music related website.".

Other Benefits

But adds a lot more to the table. I asked DJ Tom to clarify.

"This gives the independent band or musician a special possibility to be listened to with cost-free exposure on our home page to reach their target audience as well as an opportunity for the band to acquire brand-new fans. We will additionally exhibit bands in our "Talent Exhibit," maintaining the band energetic on our play list. We likewise use the artists marketing product (blogs, YouTube, Facebook, My Space) and link up with them within our web site framework and we even develop ring tones for them.".

There is a totally free program on the site to download called "Destiny Music Player" so you could tune in to the station as well as other Internet radio stations. It resembles many of the music gamers for computers as well as is really simple to use and also browse.

Tired of the same format from your local radio station? Tune in to ilike2rock and also you could add over 150 (still counting) independent bands and also musicians to your music play list. I spoke to DJ Tom concerning a few of the bands they play and promote.

"This is just what is one of the most interesting things to me, we play the independent bands that send to us (and also Songs Submit), from all type of musical styles as well as it is a totally free format, for both the listener as well as the bands. I am very thrilled for all our bands as well as musicians. Some of the bands we advertise are Hypnogaja, which provided background songs for the favourite tv show on FX called "Dirt," Black Frog, that have dipped into the Sturgis Bike Rally as well as Hide From Cleo, among Michigan's best bands as well as we promote all the bands similarly.".

I was extremely satisfied with DJ Tom and I also am thrilled to find new bands to hear on the Internet. Nevertheless, it is always about the music.