Do you have that itch to do something creative working with wood; do you have that desire build a hand-crafted wooden boat, a custom home, original cabinets, fine furniture, or something even more creative? You have some wonderful options that include everything from an Associate of Applied Science degree or a Certificate of completion degrees in area s like cabinetmaking, carpentry, or marine carpentry. There are programs that offer everything from classes that develop employment skills to evening classes for those who are interested in learning do-it-yourself.
Seattle Central Community College
Seattle Central Community College – Wood Technology Center is a really good place to start your exploration. South Central Community College is rated as one of America’s top five community colleges. The Seattle Central main campus serves about 10,000 students each quarter
Wood Technology Center
The Wood Technology Center which is part of the SCCC campus offers a comprehensive, technical, and state-of-the-art training facility designed especially for the wood construction and woodworker professions in Washington State. Core programs provide vocational education to the public and local industry in cabinetmaking, carpentry, and marine carpentry. Go to the Wood Technology website for more details
The program is a five-quarter Cabinetmaking and Fine Woodworking program bringing students to a level where they are employable in the cabinetmaking, furniture construction, and fine woodworking professions. The course curriculum combines technical instruction with shop experience; student projects are structured to provide actual hands-on experience in the shop.
Cabinetmaking and Fine Woodworking program, more in-depth info.
Costs, more in-depth info
This is a four-quarter Carpentry program designed to prepare students for employment as apprentice carpenters. The Carpentry program focuses on hands-on experience where students work on full size building and remodeling projects (with a crew) while learning the carpentry trade. Students get a solid grounding in the theory behind each task or technique. You’ll learn the basics of residential construction, from blueprint reading and site prep to roof vents and trim fitting.
Carpentry Program, more in-depth information
This is a six-quarter Marine Carpentry program with the goal of prepare students for employment in wood and composites boat building, boat repair, or a related trades. This is a practical hands-on education. Students learn the craft by working on assigned boat projects. The class atmosphere is similar to an actual boat building shop. The Marine Carpentry class has been offered since 1936
Marine Carpentry, more in-depth information
Seattle Central-Wood Technology Center
2310 S. Lane
Seattle, WA 98144
PHONE: (206) 934-5460
Wood Technology Center website
Faculty listing with instructor biography’s
You are welcome to visit the Wood Technology Center where you can watch student projects take shape, meet instructors, or discover what equipment is available. Tours are offered at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays while school is in session. Call (206) 934-5460 to make an appointment.
Washington offers other opportunities to develop the same skills outside of Seattle.
251 Otto St.
Port Townsend, WA 98368
Contact: William Curry
200 Battery Way
Fort Worden State Park
Port Townsend, WA 98368
105 Avenue A
Snohomish, WA 98290
5813 152nd Ave. Ct. E. #104
Sumner, WA. 98390
Contact: Roger Goad