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Woodworking Classes in Virginia with School Options

There are four schools within Virginia that have woodworking programs. Read an overview of three of these schools' programs, requirements and tuition info and find out which school is the right one for you.

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There are a total of 95 public and private, not-for-profit colleges in Virginia. Individuals interested in woodworking can find classes at three community colleges. Training ranges from certificate to diploma programs in carpentry and woodworking. Listed below are overviews of three schools that have woodworking programs available.


Patrick Henry Community College

Located in Martinsville, Patrick Henry Community College offers a non-credit fine woodworking and woodturning certificate program that takes two semesters to complete. Students can learn how to build and design custom furniture, start a woodworking business and construct wood accessories. Coursework also covers hand tools and woodworking machines, finishing techniques, wood characteristics, wood veneering and wood bending. The program includes a fine woodworking laboratory component that provides students with hands-on skills development.

Southwest Virginia Community College

Southwest Virginia Community College can be found in Richlands and has a two-semester carpentry program. Students are trained in building framework, reading blueprints, following building codes, erecting walls, installing flooring, constructing roofs and laying bricks. Most building courses require a laboratory component where students receive hands-on experience. The program may feature a mix of classroom and online coursework and can prepare students to work in a variety of capacities, such as carpenters or remodel technicians.

Wytheville Community College

Wytheville-based Wytheville Community College has a construction technology diploma program with a carpentry specialization that can prepare students to work as framers, carpenters or construction contractors. This five-semester program features courses in blueprint reading, building codes, shop practices, construction estimating, carpentry framing, construction management and entrepreneurship. Students also participate in cooperative education for professional experience and complete an internship or final project.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type and Setting Woodworking Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition (2016-2017)
Patrick Henry Community College Two-year; public; fringe rural Fine Woodworking and Woodturning Certificate of Completion $134 per credit hour for in-state students; $310.60 per credit hour for out-of-state students*
Southwest Virginia Community College Two-year; public; fringe rural Career Studies Certificate in Carpentry $137.75 per credit hour for in-state students; $314.35 per credit hour for out-of-state students**
Wytheville Community College Two-year; public; distant town Construction Technology Diploma with a specialization in carpentry $137.75 per credit hour for in-state students; $314.35 per credit hour for out-of-state students***

Sources: *Patrick Henry Community College, **Southwest Virginia Community College, ***Wytheville Community College.

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