This program is designed to teach students the fundamentals of blueprint reading, the use of hand and power tools, and on-the-job carpentry practices. Emphasis is placed on the methods of residential construction and installation techniques. Students gain experience by constructing various structures, including a scale model single-family home. Successful and eligible students may interview with local contractors at the end of the course for work based learning opportunities: internships or apprenticeships. These positions can be held during a student’s senior year.

Internship: Working with a local contractor for experience and no high school credit. 

Apprenticeship: Working with a local contractor for approved apprenticeship hours through the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry. 

Courthouse Campus

Occupation Opportunities
  General Contractor

Certification Opportunities
  NCCER Certifications

  OSHA-10 Certification*

  *required to continue in the course
Credits for this Program Include:
  Carpentry I (1 Credit)
  Carpentry II (2 Credits)

Preferred Aptitudes
  Physical endurance to stoop, bend, and
  stand for long periods of time
  Work with precise standards of accuracy
  Tolerance for noise, dust, and dirt
  Physical strength to lift heavy objects
  Good mathematical ability