Carpentry Program

Find a job that requires this degree by visiting Career Coach!The carpentry program provides students with the skills needed to successfully enter the construction industry. The main emphasis of this program is residential carpentry with related instruction in concrete, drywall, roofing, and mechanical systems. Building science and “House as a System” technology are integrated throughout the program. Upon successful completion of this program students will be prepared for employment in the carpentry trade.  Students who successfully complete this program will be awarded a diploma in Carpentry.

The carpentry program is the only one in the state to emphasize energy efficient construction techniques. The students who participate in the program gain skills that will give them an edge in the job market. The curriculum is hands-on, each year the students design and build a house from the ground up.

Program Goals

  • To acquire the basic knowledge and basic skill for job entry.
  • Obtain knowledge of materials used in house construction.
  • Effectively use hand and power tools with safety.
  • To gain knowledge of the related building trades and their relation to carpentry.
  • To become familiar with the terminology associated with carpentry and the related building trades and to communicate effectively.

Course Schedule

Carpentry Diploma

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
BUS-112 Business Math*
CAD-194 Architectural Modeling
CON-102 Intro to Residential Construction
CON-129 Concrete Theory and Lab
CON-131 Site Layout & Blueprint Reading
CON-302 Building Science I
CON-301 Framing for Sustainable Design+
Total Hours: 19.0

Second Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
CON-321 Residential Estimating
CON-303 Building Science II
CON-133 Construction Technology Lab
CON-308 Interior Finish I
CON-175 Residential Construction Applications
XXX-XXX Communications Elective*
Total Hours: 18.0

Summer Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
CON-386 Sustainable Design
CON-219 Exterior Finish
CON-309 Interior Finish II
Total Hours: 8.0
Carpentry Diploma Total Hours: 45/48


Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
BUS-113 Workplace Readiness
CON-307 Basic Woodworking

+CPR, First Aid, and Safety Certification included in this course

*Course must be chosen or substituted with a related course from either A.A., A.S., or Approved General Education list for Applied Science and Technology.

Gainful Employment Information

Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires schools with Gainful Employment programs to disclose certain information about them. Information below is based on the period July 1 2011 - June 30, 2012 (2011-2012 Award Year).
Program Name
Program Length
38 weeks
Cost of Entire Program
   Total Tuition & Fees Required
   Books & Supplies 
   Total Annual Room & Board Charges for Living on Campus
   Additional Cost
Debt at Program Completion
   Median Federal Student Loan Debt
   Median Private Loan Debt
   Median Institutional Financial Plan Debt
Completion Rate
Job Placement Rate
Name & US Dept of Labor's Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code for the occupations that the program prepares students to enter.
47-2030 Carpenters
Links to the Occupational Profiles on the US Dept of Labor's O*NET
Website or its successor site.
Any other notes you want included Ex: students who continued with school
7 Grads are still in school


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