Shyanna Ennis, a junior at Trigg County High School, is in her first year of studying carpentry at Caldwell Regional Career Center in Princeton, and she wants to use this training to fulfill her dream of opening an interior design business.
Ennis is this week’s Western Kentucky Technical Center Associate General Contractor Student of the Week.
“I wanted something in which I could learn more; I wanted something that I wasn’t completely comfortable with,” she said of her choice to study carpentry. “I wanted something that I could learn from, move on to, and then do something with in the future.
“I chose carpentry because I’ve always been intrigued by interior designer shows and building shows, and I thought, ‘If they can do it, I can do it.’ ”
Ennis said she started carpentry work helping her aunt rebuild an old house church.
Ennis has been involved with Camp Cadiz, a Christian camp whose members carry out projects to help the elderly, including building railings, painting, and gardening.
“I’ve always leaned more towards prep work before construction workers do their job,” she said. “So I do the yard work part to get them ready for it.”
Ennis said she would like to attend college for at least two years with the goal of opening her own interior design business.
Greg Creekmur is Ennis’ carpentry instructor. He said she came to the classes with knowledge of the field.
“There’s a lot of written work to do as well as the performance task,” he said. “She is by no means a procrastinator. She is very focused, highly motivated and has a great work ethic.
“She said one of the reasons she wanted to do carpentry was to help her better understand the concept through to the completion of building construction from start to finish.”
Creekmur said he was impressed with Ennis’ work at Camp Cadiz.
“It’s a great program,” he says. “I know a lot about it, and I know a lot of people who are above it.
“When she said she was working with it, I thought that was really good. It’s a lot of community service, wanting to help your neighbors. Every time I hear of a student who wants to do something like that is a truly selfless act, wanting to help others and do good for others in times of need.
Ennis said one of the ongoing projects in class is building a blind duck.
“I love every time (Creekmur) takes the confidence out of us to work on it ourselves,” she said. “I like that he lets us have ideas and we take those ideas with his ideas and turn them into what (the project) becomes.”
Ennis currently works at Wendy’s but would like to find a cabinetry paint job that would help prepare him for his planned career.
Ennis is the daughter of Ashley and Jamie Stewart from Cadiz.
A story featuring the Western Kentucky AGC Tech Center Student of the Week will run in The Paducah Sun every Friday through April 1 with recipients chosen by instructors and administrators at all seven centers. regional technical colleges that serve students in the 13 westernmost counties of the state.
In addition to the Caldwell Regional Career Center, Western Kentucky Technical Center AGC 29 week students are selected from Ballard County Career and Technical Center, Four Rivers Career Academy in Fulton County, Marshall County Technical Center, Mayfield-Graves County Area Technology Center, Murray-Calloway County Area Technology Center, and Paducah Area Technical Center.
The Caldwell Regional Career Center serves high school students in Caldwell County, Lyon County, and Trigg County and is located at Caldwell County High School.
At area technical centers, students learn skills in many career areas that will help them join the workforce upon graduation and fill the need for skilled workers in Western Kentucky.
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