Reidsville, NC - What do you do after retirement? Or more importantly, how do you bounce back after your job is cut? This might be your answer. Rockingham Community College is opening its brand new center for Creative Woodworking Tuesday morning and there are a whole lot of opportunities for you.
You'll find continuing education students taking classes at the downtown Reidsville location. The students either make furniture and art pieces as a hobby, while others use it to fulfill their entrepreneurial spirit and eventually make money.
"I found new horizons, this is a new challenge for me," said wood turning student Joe Ghezzi. "I make fancy art pieces that I would have never dreamed of and would say how can somebody make that. And now I do it, so it's pretty neat."
Tuesday, WFMY News 2's Tracey McCain took Good Morning Show viewers on a tour of the new facility. It features two distinct sections for woodworking and wood turning with industrial quality tools and equipment in both rooms. "I think we're the only place in the Southeast where we have a separate woodworking and wood turning facility," said Rockingham Community College President Dr. Michael Hemlick. "We can run simultaneous classes in this facility and we can accommodate twice as many students than on our on campus facility."
Classes and workshops can teach aspiring professionals, entrepreneurs, craftsmen and hobbyists new skills ranging from turning wooden pens and bowls to making joinery and molding to building cabinets and applying veneers.
"The students make all or part of their living with woodworking or this is a hobby for them. We have a very robust schedule for students in here taking classes," said Hemlick.
The grand opening and ribbon cutting for the new Rockingham Community College Center for Creative Woodworking is Tuesday, February 26th at 10am. You can find it at 333 South Scales Street in Reidsville. For more information on the Continuing Education classes offered at RCC click here or call 336-342-4261.
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