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Do you prefer hands-on experience to a classroom? Do you enjoy building things? 

The RVTC Carpentry Program is ideal for the individual who wants to learn more about carpentry and construction. You’ll complete several projects using the school’s first-rate tools and equipment. Every year, we even build a house right here in our massive workshop.
Program Highlights:
• Hands-on training with latest technology and equipment, including pneumatic nail guns, circular saw, and a sliding compound miter saw.
• Cooperative work placements and apprenticeships are available.
• Gain leadership skills through the local Skills USA-VICA Chapter.
• Take part in state and national activities and competitions
• Participate in building a house to be auctioned at the end of the year

YEAR ONE: Carpentry I
Credit: 3-4 elective credits
Eligibility: Students in grades 11 and 12
Prerequisites: Algebra I (or concurrent enrollment) or written permission from the instructor
Schedule: Full year; 2 hours per day

You’ll be building your future, literally, in this program. From the beginning, you’ll get involved in both the theory and practice of construction as a profession. Guest craftspeople will offer special presentations but most of your work will be done right in the on-site workshop, using top-notch tools. In the first year, you’ll work in pairs to build a wood shed. Then you’ll progress to larger sheds in larger groups.

YEAR TWO: Carpentry II
Credit: 1 embedded math, and 3 - 4 elective credits
Eligibility: Students in grade 12 only
Prerequisites: Grade of 70 or better in Carpentry I, or written permission from the instructor
Schedule: Full year; 2 hours per day

In your second year, you’ll refine your carpentry and other construction skills in the area of your choosing. You’ll work in your choice of cooperative work placement, apprenticeship, or construction site to get the real world experience you need to progress.


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