The Crawford County Adult Education Center’s introduction to craft skills class has been busy creating handcrafted projects for local use.

As a part of the coursework, students complete classroom work, as well as several building projects, according to Dr. Debbie Faubus-Kendrick, CCAEC director.

“With guidance and support from Lumber One, Harold Hamm Construction and Elite Roofing, students recently completed a storage building that has been donated to Van Buren School District tennis team,” Kendrick said.

Coach Brandy Mosby received the storage building from the Crawford County Adult Education Center and the students of the craft skills class. Materials for the project were donated by Lumber One.

The introduction to craft skills class was created for adults interested in obtaining skilled trade education, Kendrick said.

The course is a part of a pilot program that is grant funded through the Office of Skills Development. Upon successful completion of the program, students will have the opportunity to gain an OSHA 10 Certification and National Center for Construction Education and Research certification.​

Kendrick said there are nine modules in the training. They are ​basic safety, introduction to construction math​,​ introduction to hand tools​, introduction to power tools​, ​introduction to construction drawings​, ​introduction to basic rigging, basic communication​, ​basic employability skills​ and ​introduction to material handling​.

​Students who complete the program may transfer to college or technical school and will have an opportunity to receive college credit for the course. Job opportunities may be available upon completion from local construction employers, Kendrick said.

“Students also will have an opportunity to enter an apprenticeship for further training and employment,” she said.

For more information about Introduction to Craft Skills or any CCAEC programs or services, contact the school by phone at 479-471-0019 or visit them on the web at