A rare opportunity at the Venice Continuing Adult School exists for Westside residents as the Machinist Fundamentals course cranks up Monday & Wednesday nights on the Venice High School campus. With the whirr of lathes and the boring of milling machines, students at all levels test their creativity while instructor Raul Molina passes from student to student checking on their projects and giving guidance where needed.Unlike most machine shop courses, which match lectures with specific projects in the shop, the VCAS program allows students to work independently on their own projects. The number of projects taking place is as diverse as the students taking advantage of the program, ranging from mechanics and hobbyists to engineers, entrepreneurs and inventors.
A unique aspect of this course, and a disturbing factor
considering America’s threatened industrial base, is the overall
decrease in vocational programs.
One Santa Monica resident and beginning student had this to say.
“I looked all over the Westside to find a machine shop course or
community shop where I could work on my ideas.
Being able to get
expert instruction has been great.
As an apartment dweller, what I really needed were the tools and
a place to use them. Every
Continuing Education program has classes in Jewelry Making, Cooking, or
Spanish. This is the only
machine shop course on the Westside.”
Link: VCAS Official Site 310-577-4230
The Venice Shop now open for fee-based classes on Tuesday nights 6:00-9:00. Restarts in New Year January 14, 2014.
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