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Skilled hands can build anything.

Carpentry skills are some of the most useful skills you can have. You can use them to make a good living, or to improve your own home. Use them to start a woodworking hobby. However you apply these skills, you will always be impressed with what you are capable of making.

How would you like to start your own business right after high school? When you turn 18 and have completed this program, you will be able to take the West Virginia Contractors License Exam. You can be your own boss while your friends are still working in fast food.

College is expensive. No matter what your major is, working in the construction trade is a great way to pay for it. You can find work anywhere, and make more during the summer than most college students make in a year.

Start a hobby. Make a living. Pay for college. Own your own business. Build your own house. You can do it all with the versatile and useful set of skills you will learn in the Carpentry program.

What you will do in this class

Reading blueprints; measuring, cutting, joining, and finishing lumber; installing shingles; building cabinets; and estimating. Students often choose to work on extra projects when time permits. Examples of these projects include archery bows, trophy mounts, plaques, and jewelry boxes.

Skills you will learn

Safety, material handling, framing floors, walls, roofs, stair construction, installing windows and doors, shingles, insulation, drywall, sidings, flooring, cabinets and counter tops.

Tools you will use

Hand tools like framing square, speed square, hammers, and saws. Power tools like a planer, table saw, band saw, drill press, circle saw, drills, and routers.

Major Units of Study

Framing
Roofing
Drywall
Window and Door Installation
Cold-Formed Steel Framing
Exterior Finishing
Interior Finishing

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I am glad that I took this class because it prepares you for the future and gives you a skill that you can use in the real world. If you don’t decide to go full time with this skill, you can always come back and use to earn a little side money. Also, the teacher was a big factor since we both like to hunt and fish in our spare time. Johnathan Marsceau

class of 2016

Example Job Titles

Carpenter
Leadman
Framer
Installer
Roofer
Contractor
Entrepeneur
Real Estate Developer

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Architecture & Environmental Design
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Contact the instructor, Skip Lantz

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