Best Woodworking Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Woodworking is used in several trades to carve, build, or design objects out of wood. Some schools offer apprenticeship programs, but a few colleges in the United States offer associate's degrees and professional certificates in woodworking and woodworking specializations. Learn about the best woodworking schools in the U.S.

Schools Overview

The following schools offer some of the best formal education programs in woodworking in the country. Programs lead to professional certificates, as well as at least one associate's degree in fine woodworking. Students may choose between basic and advanced skills programs. Read on for more information about two of the top schools to offer programs in woodworking.

1. Long Beach City College in Long Beach, CA

School Highlight: The School of Trades and Industrial Technologies at Long Beach City College offers a multitude of degrees and certificates which prepare students for a career in their desired technological field.

The school offers an Associate of Science or a Certificate of Accomplishment in Carpentry. An A.S. in Carpentry is made for those seeking entry-level positions in the field.

2. Red Rocks Community College in Arvada, CO

School Highlight: The Fine Woodworking Department is the second-largest woodworking program in the nation.

The highest degree level offered in woodworking at this school is the Associate of Applied Science in Fine Woodworking; however, several professional certificate programs are available in specialized sub-fields of woodworking, such as craftsman, artisan, joiner, cabinetmaker, wood turners, luthier fundamentals and woodworking fundamentals.

Top Woodworking Schools

School Name DistinctionLocation
Palomar College The cabinet and furniture technology program has recently built facilities that include classrooms, labs, and machinery for students enrolled in guitar making, veneering, lathe turning, carving, table and chair making, case furniture construction programs and more San Marcos, CA
Rockingham Community College The Center for Creative Woodworking hosts studio and woodworking shop space where classes are held and student work takes place Wentworth, NC
Santa Fe Community College Programs include an A.A.A. in Professional Crafts and Certificate in Fine Woodworking Santa Fe, NM

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