After over a year of preparation for WorldSkills, the U.S. sent a team of 22 competitors to Kazan, Russia this August to compete in their respective trades. Ethan Harrison, from Blackfoot, Idaho, represented Team USA in Cabinetmaking. To prepare for the event, Harrison spent nine months at the college under the tutelage of his advisor Jeff Molzahn.
Harrison’s curiosity and discipline were a good match for the self-directed curriculum. He was able to work with minimal supervision and quickly mastered the competencies. Within weeks he was programming and running our CNC router. After completing his machine certifications, Harrison built several projects and refined his skills while increasing his knowledge of wood and wood products. He even left with his Green level credential through the Woodwork Career Alliance.
In Kazan, Harrison faced competitors from over 30 countries. The competition was intense and while he did not end up on the podium, he takes with him many valuable lessons. In addition, he assembled a network of friends from all over the globe.
Harrison will travel to Lima, Peru to complete a 2-year missionary assignment. His long term goal is to continue to pursue a career in the wood industry by studying Architectural Manufacturing Management, with the ultimate dream of owning his own business someday.
Published September 6, 2019.