Local business teams up with Mont Harmon, Carbon High
Sutherland's Building Supply has teamed up with Mont Harmon and Carbon High to help teach kids the ins and outs of construction.
The Mont Harmon building construction class was given the materials and tools for the students to construct small outdoor sheds. The class is taught by Mr Hall and for the first half of the year the students learn manufacturing skills. In the second half the students do hands on construction. Because these sheds will be sold by Sutherlands when they are finished, the students must build them according to specifications given to them. This helps them learn how to use pneumatic tools, accurate measuring, and framing skills from a real life experience.
Over at Carbon High, Sutherlands has started a scholarship program in which they chose one student in the wood working and cabinet program and provide the materials needed to build a wood working/cabinet project. This year the student was junior Jessie Bigelow. His project was a desk made out of wormy maple. There was over $300 dollars in lumber in the desk, which would retail for well over $1,000. Bigelow, however, gets to keep the desk. He also was offered a job at Southerlands after store officials saw what he could do.
Mr. Carrillo is the instructor for the woodworking class. He has taught in the school system for over 30 years. He was at Mont Harmon for most of that time and moved to Carbon High three years ago. Carrillo was proud of the students that placed in the annual woodworking competition held at Utah Valley University. Seven projects were taken up this year and three were winners. The students compete with all the schools in the state, from the 5A to 1A classification.
Carbon High's Bethany Truman took a first place for her hope chest. This is Truman's second time winning in the competition. Tade Reid took third for his gun cabinet. Also taking third was Kelli Seever for her night stand.
For Carrillo the program is more than just learning to build. He feels it instills good work skills, problem solving, measuring with accuracy, and how to make themselves attractive to employers by giving them hands-on skills. Based on the projects lining the floor of the shop as well as the wall of photos on the wall from other projects, it looks like he is succeeding.