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Forum topic by firefytrdan posted 05-11-2009 09:09 PM 736 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-11-2009 09:09 PM

I received an interesting piece of mail the other day from Penn Foster Career School about an online Furniture and Cabinet Maker program.

I read the curriculum and it seemed pretty legit. So I was curious if anyone here at LJ has used the program, what you think of the program, or any other opinions on this or other education topics.

I know that everything that this program offers I can learn on my own and probably pay less for it. But I do like the idea of a structured program to hold myself accountable.

With that said….Bring it on! :)

-- Hey! who cut one?

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#1 posted 05-11-2009 09:23 PM

First, I have not taken this course.

I did check their website and they say they are middle state accredited- that’s a good thing.

Having taken many “correspondence” courses over the years- both academic and technical, I can tell you that the hardest thing about them is creating and STICKING TO a schedule. Seems like an easy thing to do but boy it can be tough to stick it.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 05-11-2009 09:28 PM

I actually finished my degree using online classes that were offered at the university and found I really enjoyed them.

-- Hey! who cut one?

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#3 posted 05-11-2009 09:37 PM

I signed up for the class you’re looking at and it was informative. It provided rudimentary knowledge that is good for a beginner. However, being online, it does little for practical skills. The practical exercises are elementary and carry very little weight toward a final grade. It provided me with a reason to read books rather than just go try things out in the shop. So, in a sense it made me smarter, though not necessarily better.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#4 posted 05-11-2009 09:39 PM

As an adult woodworking instructor for my local community collage . I would suggest at least to start by taking a begging woodworking class in your area an then take an on line course if you feel it’s worth while, but I think once you have one on one instruction assuming its with a good instructor you will seek out information on the kind of projects or techniques your interested in on line yourself. right here on LJs is one good place.

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