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Oct 27, 2011

Prof Tech Profile #7: Carpentry Technology

Today's Prof Tech Profile is on the Carpentry Technology Program and features a brief Q and A with esteemed faculty member Glen Martin.

Hi Glen. Welcome to the Go 2 College Free blog. GRCC offers a wide variety of Professional Technical training programs. Why Carpentry Technology?

Glen: Like all other Prof Tech programs, Carpentry Technology is here to provide training for students who want to be employed in the field of residential carpenters as well as provide training for anyone in the community that wants to learn how to build a home or remodel a home.

In your opinion, what type of person is a good fit for the Carpentry Technology Program at GRCC?

Glen: Anyone who is creative, artistic, has a great eye for detail and loves working with their hands as well as their mind. In addition, a person who enjoys working outdoors and likes to face unique challenges on a daily basis.

GRCC offers several different training pathways in Carpentry Technology, from a two-year degree to a variety of shorter-term certificates. How can prospective students figure out what pathway is best for them?

Glen: I meet individually with students to find out exactly where they would like to be in 3 - 5 years and with that information can advise students on what carpentry certificates and / or degree to work towards. Each certificate relates to a specific phase of residential construction from foundations to finish work. Ideally a student with no prior experience should try and earn all certificates, but those who already have experience can choose which certificates they would like to work on.

Finally, what jobs does training in this field prepare students for?

Glen: Carpenter (of course), general or specialty contractors, vendors and / or suppliers for construction materials, project managers, project superintendents, designer / builders, building maintenance, architects, home inspectors, building inspectors, and construction consultants.
FUNDING TIP! The following Workforce Education funding programs support Carpentry Technology at GRCC: Worker Retraining, BFET, and WorkFirst.