Woodworking Schools with Program Descriptions

Woodworkers use tools, machines and products to create wooden parts and furniture. Continue reading to see what you should look for in a woodworking program, and view some woodworking programs in U.S. schools.

Woodworking programs are available at the diploma, certificate, and associate's degree levels. Woodworking programs train students in the use of automated machines run by computerized numerical control (CNC), as well as hands-on work.

Schools with Woodworking Programs

These schools offer hands-on training in woodworking at varying levels.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition (2015-2016)*
Central New Mexico Community College Albuquerque, NM 2-year, Public Certificate $1,448 in-state, $6,704 out-of-state
Northcentral Technical College Wausau, WI 2-year, Public Diploma, Associate's $4,230 in-state, $6,156 out-of-state
Red Rocks Community College Lakewood, CO 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $3,429 in-state, $13,145 out-of-state
Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY 4-year, Private not-for-profit Associate's, Bachelor's $37,124
Santa Fe Community College Santa Fe, NM 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $1,494 in-district, $1,854 in-state, $3,249 out-of-state
University of New Mexico-Taos Campus Ranchos de Taos, NM 2-year, Public Certificate $1,872 in-state, $4,854 out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Educational Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Consider the following as you search for a suitable woodworking program:

  • Some programs allow students to specialize in different areas of woodworking, including wood finishing and woodworking machine setters.
  • Students should look for programs that offer portfolio and resume development.
  • Students should find programs offering state-of-the-art machines and equipment, since it is necessary to know how to use automated machines.
  • Some associate's programs may offer business courses, which is helpful for those who wish to be self-employed or run their own business.

Diploma and Certificates in Woodworking

Some schools offer diploma or certificate programs in woodworking or specialties such as furniture design. The curriculum in these programs emphasizes the specialty, if applicable. For instance, in a cabinetry certificate program the student learns skills in designing, building and installing cabinets for both residential and commercial clients. A certificate program in fine woodworking focuses on techniques along with design, as well as tools used in the industry.

Associate's Degrees in Woodworking

An associate's degree in areas such as professional crafts is another woodworking school program to explore. Associate's degree programs may further develop the student's skills in functional design and fabrication of wood products. Degree programs also require general education courses such as English, math and computer technology. Programs offering portfolio and resume development are beneficial things to look for in these programs.

Bachelor's Degrees Related to Woodworking

Some colleges offer courses in woodworking that can be taken in conjunction with degree programs. Students seeking may find that a school's art department offers a bachelor's degree that includes woodworking courses.

Students who are looking for a woodworking program should find a program with state-of-the-art machines and equipment that will train them in the use of the automated machines, as well as help them build a portfolio and resume. Students may wish to find programs that offer specific specialties related to their future careers.

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