Sutherlin woodshop students gaining skills for success

Josh Gary, the woodshop instructor, said his program has had a lot of success in leading students to a woodworking career.

Posted: Dec 3, 2019 5:22 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- At Sutherlin High School, woodshop students are learning skills that will prepare them for a trade career after graduation.

Josh Gary, the woodshop instructor, said his program has had a lot of success in leading students to a woodworking career.

The school has been working with businesses like FCC Commercial Furniture in Roseburg, and two students are currently working for the company, according to Gary.

Gary said he teaches students how to use industry-standard machines while they’re in his class. He said these skills have helped students get other apprenticeships, certifications and jobs.

“They can do things that will prepare them for the jobs that employers are having trouble filling,” said Gary.

He said he knows college isn’t for everyone, which is why he’s glad some of his students will be making a decent living without a degree.

With the right training, some businesses said a student can start out making more than $40,000 in a woodworking career.

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