Westervelt Program
Westervelt Program Spring 2023

Westervelt Program

Westervelt Program

The Westervelt program, named for Edmund C. Westervelt, was designed to give Berea College students, faculty, staff, and towns people the opportunity to have a practical “hands-on” experience enabling them to become more self-sufficient, be more informed consumers of goods and services, and develop skills and knowledge which could be applied in both vocational and avocational settings. In order to avoid conflict with classes and work, the Westervelt program is offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Westervelt offerings have included woods, graphic arts, electronics, power mechanics, metals, and crafts. Instruction is provided on a continuing basis with ample time provided for skill development.

Extra-curricular activities provide excellent opportunities for individuals to develop a well-rounded educational background as well as pursue specific areas of interest. Few programs have experienced such tremendous success as that of the Westervelt program conducted by the Berea College Engineering Technologies and Applied Design Department. The diversity of the group involved, the relationship between staff and students, and the unique offerings in the Westervelt program are only a few of the factors contributing to its popularity and growth over the last sixty eight years.

David Cooke, the woodworking professor of the Westervelt Program, demonstrating the use of the lathe
Ja'Lynn Stanley '21 and her completed table from the Westervelt Program

2024 Registration

The Technology and Applied Design Department is offering the Westervelt Program for the Spring 2024 Semester at Berea College in wood working. The community-oriented class will consist of one session running from January 16 through April 25. The instructor, David Cooke, will be working with class members on the creation of individual projects with a focus on wooden boxes and kitchen items (cutting boards, rolling pins, etc.). Class members with woodworking experience are welcome to work on projects of their own choice with instructor’s permission. The course will meet every Tuesday and Thursday night during that time from 6:30pm – 8:30pm (except Berea College Spring Break, March 5 and March 7). The course fee will be $30, not including the costs of wood. The course is open to campus personnel (faculty and staff) as well as community members with woodworking experience ranging from novice to expert. Participants must be at least 18 years old to enroll in the Westervelt Program. Participants will need safety glasses/googles and hearing protection. Participation in Westervelt is assured upon registration and payment of class fees.

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