Eliminating some classes/good news?
As you know wortheffort is just a little one room (warehouse) school. Originally I saw it as a way to continue teaching teens and young adults in my unique manner utilizing one interesting, subject such as woodworking (in my HS days it was multimedia design), to reinforce traditional academia such as science, mathematics, social studies, literature and such. When marketed there really did seem to be a lot of interest in such programs especially among the home school community. Also with parents dissatisfied about options in the public school sector being eliminated.
It was a gamble to focus so hard on this niche market simply because, it hadn't been done before as a private business. But I figured kids take league sports, martial arts, music, ballet, scouts, etc... in theory 'woodworking' could be just another after school activity.
We're at a point where we are going to have to back away from focusing on this teen market. Designing, preparing, scheduling, and marketing 2-3 classes a month of the academic quality I deemed important was taking up half my efforts as well as limited allotment of calendar spots. Despite insultingly low pricing structure, the "Parents learn Free" program, and even relocating the business to home-school friendly Austin TX we haven't gotten a single student (or inquiry) about the classes in the last 5 months. In my mind this is a failure in marketing not purpose.
I say this to explain why you are about to see a big shift in classes we are offering at the school. Wortheffort is going to start offering a lot more small project based classes for adults over an evening or two. Classes that'll teach a lot of traditional techniques quickly, offer enough practice to reassure me you've learned the lesson, and still let you leave with a finished item or close enough to be finished at home.
Plus we are transitioning into teaching a full curriculum of turning classes in addition to our woodworking courses.
We'll still try to offer 1 class a month suitable for a 'Teen/Guardian' team such as February's Morovian Stool Class. I'll also try to sneak in something that's family friendly too, such as our Forstner Bit class. But first we need to figure out a way to survive financially before we can offer the more altruistic academic and woodworking curriculum.
So below is a quick description of some of the different classes we are offering in February. I'm holding off on scheduling much in March for a few weeks to see how things progress but I do have some really cool ideas in mind!