Project Based Learning Electives provided by the Berrien Springs Virtual Academy​​

Woodworking with Tom Hurst Fall 2023

  • All students must complete a project for these classes.
  • Colleen and Tom Hurst       
  • ​Email:
  • Format: In-person
  • Location:  St Joseph, Lincoln Senior Center,  3271 Lincoln Ave, St. Joseph, MI 
  • Additional registration at location is NOT required.

Woodworking with Tom Syllabus

Woodworking with Tom

  • Location:  St Joseph, Lincoln Senior Center,  3271 Lincoln Ave, St. Joseph, MI
  • Ages 6 and up, Parent present for students under 10.
  • Assigned guardians are OK.  One parent can represent multiple students.
  • Class time:     Section 1,   Monday 9:30 - 11:30  Begin September 11
  • Section 2,   Monday 12:00 - 2:00
  • Minimum 6, Max 10 per section.   Class may be repeated

This is a project based class. We will make small toys, furniture, Wildlife related and kitchen items while learning basic craft skills. Projects will be adjusted to the experience and needs of the group. Open to any skill level. Class may be repeated. Parent participation is required. Class will be held in the St. Joseph/ Lincoln Senior Center Woodshop  The shop is set aside for Homeschool use by Tom on Monday.  All materials are provided. Safety and expectations will be reviewed at the first class.

Woodworking at Andrews Architecture 

  • Class Time.  Wednesday 3:45- 5:45,  First class September 13. Continuing for 8 weeks.
  • Ages 8 and up.  Parents welcome but not required
  • Minimum, 8 students, max 16.
  • Location:  Andrews University, Architecture workshop
  • Class is held in the Arch. woodshop.  8435 E. Campus Circle Drive, Berrien Springs, MI

The class is open to all partnership students but timed to accommodate Berrien Springs public and private school students. Slight time changes are possible to meet group needs.

This is a large well equipped modern shop.  

The focus will be on a furniture project. Past projects have included benches, end tables, coat racks, boxes, chairs and more. Actual projects will be selected based on experience of the group.  All projects are “Make-it,  Take-it home”   We will also create turned wooden pens and create a custom item with the CNC router or Laser engraver. All materials and safety glasses are provided. Shop safety presentation and required paperwork will be processed at the first class. A detailed email will be shared with parents after enrollment and before the first class.

*Please note: it is important to make as informed a decision as possible when choosing your student's Community Resource classes. Most locations will allow a student to drop a class after one meeting, at no charge if it wasn't a good fit for the student, but not all. Some classes plan ahead based on the number that have signed up and have purchased materials, hired teachers, etc. and there might be a fee for class time or materials given to the student if the student drops after one or two meetings. The school cannot pay for classes that students do not complete, so choose wisely; if you do not take the class off of your student's schedule by the deadline, you may be asked to pay for the class time incurred prior to dropping the class.

​Teacher of Record:  Tom Hurst