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Students in the Carpentry learn both construction and finish cabinetry. Students have the opportunity to work in a variety of settings, on various building projects in the school district. They work in a technical area equipped with the latest machinery and tools, plus on-the-job supervised training at off-campus work sites. Cabinetry constructed in the technical area is transported to job sites and installed. During these projects students learn machine operations and safety procedures. While working on community projects they also gain valuable experience in millwork, cabinetmaking, renovation, restoration, framing, roofing, door and window installation as well as siding, drywall installation, and insulation. They enjoy the hands-on experience, creativity, development of talents, and a wide range of career opportunities.

Nashoba Valley Technical High School is proud to announce that the Carpentry program has gone Green by integrating new green building guidelines into the curriculum. In addition, a special focus is placed on the value of home insulation and insulation products used to reduce energy costs in residential and commercial properties.

Graduates are able to find employment in residential and commercial construction. They can seek employment within the remodeling field as well as companies specializing in new construction. Students may also enter jobs within the lumber and millwork industries. Graduating students can seek further training within the carpenters union as an apprentice. With further job and college training, they may pursue careers as construction managers and engineers.

Students are recommended to take Physics in Grade 11 and Chemistry in Grade 12. Art is also recommended for a year.

Technical Courses

  • Career Exploration (100) – 18 Credits
  • Carpentry 9 (152) -12 Credits
  • Carpentry 10 (143) – 24 Credits
  • Carpentry Theory 10 (143T) – 5 Credits
  • Carpentry 11 (146) – 34 Credits
  • Carpentry 11 Theory (146T) – 5 Credits
  • Carpentry 12 (149) – 34 Credits
  • Carpentry 12 Theory (149T) – 5 Credits

Approved Vocational Technical Education Programs and apprenticeship programs:

  • Boston Carpenters Apprenticeship & Training Fund
  • Construction Craft Laborers Apprenticeship Program
  • Eastern Massachusetts Carpenters Apprenticeship & Training Fund