A handful of schools throughout Illinois offer woodworking classes; fewer offer formal education programs in woodworking. These hands-on programs teach students how to use woodworking equipment to create their own projects. Many of the classes are offered through community colleges and extension programs. Some of the certificate programs at community colleges can provide basic job training for future carpenters and woodworkers, while other schools provide woodworking classes as part of an art curriculum.
Read on to find more detailed information regarding each of the Illinois schools to offer courses and programs in woodworking and find a comparison table with such institutions' settings and tuition statistics.
Located in Centralia, this school offers woodworking classes as part of a basic carpentry certificate. The 2-semester program covers techniques in framing and finish carpentry along with technical math, blueprint reading, siding and roofing. An associate degree in carpentry occupations also provides instruction in woodworking. Courses for this program include those for the certificate, plus cabinetmaking, which means students learn how to design, create and install wooden cabinets for kitchens and baths. There are also a number of safety courses for students who are new to using woodworking equipment. An internship and general education courses are also part of the degree curriculum.
Northeastern Illinois University
The Art Department at this Chicago school offers a couple of studio classes in sculpture. An intermediate sculpture class teaches students about carving techniques using wood and stone, and students have the opportunity to create their own wood projects. A more advanced class is also available, in which students learn how to use power tools to create projects. Students in this class have the option of working with metal, wood or plastic. Students who wish to enroll in these courses must have taken an introductory course in sculpture or get the instructor's approval.
South Suburban College
The continuing education program at this South Holland school offers a non-credit course for beginning and advanced woodworkers that focuses on cabinetmaking. Students learn how to use hand and power tools to design and create wooden projects. Wood turning and finishing are also covered. Students can also take a cabinetmaking course and a basic wood-construction course through the college's building construction technology program. These courses confer credit and provide direct experience in creating their own wood projects.
Southwestern Illinois College
This Belleville school offers a woodworking and furniture refinishing class through its community education program. The course is not offered for credit, and students of all skill levels can take part in the class. The course is offered periodically and generally meets weekly during the evenings for about three months.
Students can enroll in a woodworking class offered periodically through the School of Continuing Education at this River Grove college. The course is designed for all skill levels. Students learn how to properly use hand tools and other woodworking equipment while creating projects. The school offers the same class at two different times depending on students' scheduling needs.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Woodworking Courses and Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-19)*|
|Kaskaskia College||2-year, public; rural fringe|| Basic Carpentry Certificate,
AAS in Carpentry Occupations
| $4,470 in-district
|Northeastern Illinois University||4-year, public; large city||Sculpture courses in woodworking|| $11,218 in-state
|South Suburban College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Beginning and advanced woodworking and cabinetmaking course,
Modern cabinetmaking course,
Construction materials and methods - wood course
| $5,093 in-district
|Southwestern Illinois College||2-year, public; rural fringe||Woodworking and furniture refinishing class|| $3,660 in-district
|Triton College||2-year, public; large suburb||Woodworking class|| $4,170 in-district
Source: *NCES College Navigator