SPARK - Carpentry

Welcome to Career Ignite at SCTCC.

SCTCC is a co-sponsor of the Times Media SPARK project, a year-long exploration of skilled career options in Central Minnesota. Many of these careers are experiencing a shortage of workers and are well paying. And all of them are available to study at SCTCC for you to finish in two years or less.

Get ready to learn about the wide variety of in-demand industries in the area from September through May. Then get ready to ignite your career by starting at SCTCC!


January: Carpentry

The Carpentry program at SCTCC has a diploma program option:

Info Session
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
3:00 p.m.

These sessions offer you a chance to learn about the application process, program requirements, testing, registration, an opportunity to talk with faculty, tour the labs, along with the tiny house!, and get your questions answered. Seating for each session is limited, so sign up as soon as you can for a Program Information Session.

Career Fair Open House - open to the public
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
4:00-6:00 p.m.

Learn more about carpentry and what kinds of careers are available at an open house co-hosted by the Stearns-Benton Employment & Training Council. This is also a great time to check out the Tiny House!

MN Employment and Economic Development

All the construction programs at SCTCC will have information available:


With a carpentry degree, graduates put their skills to work in residential construction, light and heavy commercial construction, highway and heavy bridgework, cabinetry and millwork.

The specific career options are many, from focused employment like ceiling tile installers or drywall applicators, to building inspectors, customer service representatives for building and hardware supply companies as well as lumber yard manager trainees.

Skills Acquired

  • Select appropriate Construction Techniques and determine the best for each situation.
  • Use critical thinking skills and apply mathematics to solve construction problems.
  • Select appropriate technology and procedures to complete assigned task.
  • Respect the diversity of individuals to promote cooperative teamwork.
  • Understand the merits of working as a team.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate and understand both written and oral directions.
  • Understand the role of the Construction industry and how it relates to the social and economic future.
  • Demonstrate the ability to read and interpret blueprints and codes.
  • Have knowledge of building codes and recognizes the importance of code compliance.
  • Demonstrate safe working habits.
  • Possess the ability to schedule, plan, and manage time effectively.

For more information on getting started with the Carpentry program at SCTCC, please visit

Next month: Automotive and Trucking