Los Angeles Schools with Woodworking Programs
This resource has been designed to provide aspiring woodworkers with an overview of the formal training options at three Los Angeles community colleges. It includes descriptions of the certificate and degree programs, a table with important school information and a brief paragraph about one other area college that provides training in woodworking.
- Cerritos College, located 16.9 miles from Los Angeles, has a woodworking facility with solid surface, equipment and computer laboratories. The school's woodworking department won the 2000 Educator of the Year Award from the Woodworking Machine Industry Association. Woodworking programs lead to a Certificate of Achievement; by completing additional coursework, students can earn an associate's degree.
- Located 13.4 miles from Los Angeles, Long Beach City College offers a construction apprenticeship readiness program that includes coursework in cabinetmaking and carpentry.
- At 10.1 miles, Los Angeles Trade Technical College is the closest to downtown Los Angeles and has the smallest student population. Students here can earn an associate's degree in carpentry or carpentry construction technology.
Comparison of Schools
Aspiring woodworkers interested in our three featured schools can take advantage of their open admission policies. As noted in the table below, all three schools also offer modest tuition rates for in-state students.
|Cerritos College||Long Beach City College||Los Angeles Trade Technical College|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||17,218*||24,658*||12,984*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Large city||Large city|
|Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)||$1,346 in-state; $8,710 out-of-state*||$1,188 in-state; $7,500 out-of-state*||$1,220 in-state; $7,538 out-of-state*|
|% of Beginning Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017)||84%*||74%*||75%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - Open admission||N/A - Open admission||N/A - Open admission|
|Retention Rate (2017)||76% for full-time students; 57% for part-time students*||71% for full-time students; 48% for part-time students*||65% for full-time students; 35% for part-time students*|
|Graduation Rate for Students Who Began in 2014||24% (13% transfer-out rate)*||19% (13% transfer-out rate)*||27% (8% transfer-out rate)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Students can turn any of the woodworking certificate programs listed below into an Associate of Arts program by completing additional elective and general education courses. The woodworking programs provide a combination of classroom theory and hands-on skills development.
Cabinetmaking Certificate of Achievement
Core courses include face frame cabinetmaking, architectural millwork and production cabinetmaking. Students also choose from courses that can cover intermediate 32mm cabinetmaking, cabinet vision and special projects. Students must complete 27-30 units to earn the certificate.
Woodworking Manufacturing Technologies Certificate of Achievement
Participants enrolled in this 28-unit program take courses covering woodworking basics, solid wood case works and architectural millwork. Courses in face-frame and 32mm system cabinetmaking, woodturning and wood finishing are also part of the program. Students can complete additional electives that provide training in furniture making. The program can also help train students for jobs as woodworking instructors.
Furniture Making Certificate of Achievement
At the beginning of this 25-unit program, students complete introductory courses in woodworking, tables and solid wood casegoods. Additional courses cover hand tools, chair design and construction, wood finishing and furniture design. Elective courses can include outdoor furniture construction, wood veneering, production furniture making, rocking chairs, mantels and Morris chair fabrication.
Long Beach City College
This school's woodworking programs combine in-class training with hands-on practice through laboratory applications. Professionals who want to advance their skills may consider enrolling in the school's evening-only programs. Evening-only students won't be able to participate in school laboratory applications, but must instead gain practice at their places of work.
Construction Apprenticeship Readiness Program
This program will cover a variety of skills including carpentry and cabinetmaking over an eight-week period. Students will complete 180 hours of coursework. The program is designed to prepare students for union apprenticeship programs and entry-level employment.
Los Angeles Trade Technical College
Along with completing classroom-based courses and laboratory applications, carpentry students at this school can participate in cooperative education for professional experience.
Associate of Arts in Carpentry Construction Technologies
This 66-credit associate's degree program is offered in the evening, and students are expected to complete their carpentry lab assignments at their places of work. Students can take classes in construction and building estimation, as well as electives in cabinetmaking and woodwork. Students who don't wish to obtain a degree may also earn a certificate in carpentry construction technologies by completing 48 units of carpentry classes.
Associate of Science in Carpentry
This program can train students to follow building codes, use power tools, shape and cut wood, measure materials, repair wood structures and install fixtures. Topics include residential interior and exterior finishes, basic house and concrete construction, blueprint reading, woodworking calculations and construction materials. Optional electives include construction techniques, computer-assisted estimating and carpentry materials. General education courses round out the 66-credit curriculum. Students who only wish to complete the core 48 units of carpentry coursework may earn a Certificate of Completion in Carpentry.
Other School Options
Students can find additional training about 27 miles from downtown Los Angeles at Fullerton College. The school offers an Associate of Arts in Carpentry program.