Kenneth Williams, Lead Instructor
Build yourself a great career by enrolling in our carpentry program! Currently this program is only being offered at the Jefferson site in Metairie. Our carpentry program prepares students with skills and knowledge for a career in residential carpentry. Residential carpenters typically specialize in new-home, townhome, and condominium building and remodeling. As part of a single job, they might build and set forms for footings, walls and slabs, and frame and finish exterior walls, roofs, and decks. They frame interior walls, build stairs, and install drywall, crown molding, doors, and kitchen cabinets. Highly skilled carpenters may also tile floors and lay wood floors and carpet. Fully trained construction carpenters are easily able to switch from new home building to remodeling.
General areas of study include framing, blueprint reading, and site layout. Classroom theory is supported with extensive hands on application using various hand tools and power tools. Safety is the foundation of all phases of the program. The carpentry program involves actual work situations emphasizing teamwork, work ethics, safety, and communication. Students will earn a Level One NCCER Carpentry certification.
Employment of carpenters is projected to grow 20% from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Job prospects for carpenters should improve over the decade as construction activity rebounds from the recent recession (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition, Carpenters, http:www.bls.gov visited April 3, 2013).
The average salary for a carpenter in Louisiana is $17.75 per hour (LA Workforce Commission, Occupational Wage Date, 2011).