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. View article »

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Woodworking Schools

Woodworking programs can lead to professional certificates or undergraduate degrees, and prospective students can choose between basic and advanced skills programs. They are most commonly offered by community and technical colleges.

Find schools that offer these popular programs

  • Building Inspection
  • Cabinetmaking
  • Carpentry
  • Concrete Finishing
  • Construction Mgmt, General
  • Construction Site Management
  • Drywall Installation
  • Electrical and Power Transmission Installers
  • Electrical Systems Lineworker
  • Electrician
  • Facilities Management
  • Furniture Making
  • Glazier
  • Home Equipment and Furnishings Installer
  • Home Improvement
  • House Painting and Wall Paper
  • Masonry
  • Metal Building Assembly
  • Pipefitting
  • Plumbing Technology
  • Property Management and Maintenance
  • Roofer
  • Well Drilling

Schools Overview

Here are some schools that offer some of the best formal education programs in woodworking in the country. They are notable for the comprehensiveness of their programs, providing a wide range of training techniques that can prepare graduates for success in entry-level careers while also allowing students to specialize in a particular area of interest.

Long Beach City College

The School of Trades and Industrial Technologies at Long Beach City College in Long Beach, CA, 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.

Red Rocks Community College

The Fine Woodworking Department at Red Rocks Community College in Arvada, CO, 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.

Palomar College

Facilities at Palomar College in San Marcos, CA, include three labs with industry-standard machinery and equipment, including a Haas VF-3 CNC router. The Department of Cabinet and Furniture Technology at Palomar College offers Associate of Science degrees and certificate programs in woodworking skills technology, cabinetmaking and millwork, table and chair manufacturing, veneering technology, lathe turning technology, carving technology, case furniture construction/manufacturing, and guitar making technology. The curriculum for A.S. and certificate programs is the same, except that students in the associate's degree programs must also complete general education requirements.

Top Woodworking Schools

These two schools also offer notable woodworking programs:

School Name Location Distinction
Rockingham Community College Wentworth, NC The Center for Creative Woodworking hosts studio and woodworking shop space where classes are held and student work takes place.
Santa Fe Community College Santa Fe, NM Programs include an A.A.A. in Professional Crafts and Certificate in Fine Woodworking.

Whether prospective students want to earn a professional certificate or complete a full degree program, community colleges around the country offer excellent education in woodworking.

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