Where Can I Find Woodworking Classes in the Orlando Area?

There are 6 schools within 125 miles of Orlando that have woodworking programs. Read an overview of 3 schools' programs, requirements and admission info and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Comparison of Schools in Orlando with Woodworking Programs

Since there aren't any schools offering woodworking programs within 50 miles of Orlando, students must look to distant Florida schools. Erwin Technical Center can be found in Tampa. This option is about 82 minutes outside of Orlando and offers a diploma program with woodworking instruction. Located in St. Augustine, First Coast Technical College is 111 miles from Orlando and has a carpentry certificate program. Withlacoochee Technical Institute can be found in Inverness and is the closest school to Orlando of the 3 options. This school also features the smallest student population of the 3 schools discussed.

Erwin Technical Center First Coast Technical College Withlacoochee Technical Institute
Woodworking Programs Offered Carpentry (Residential and Commercial) Diploma Carpentry Certificate Carpentry Certificate
Related Programs Offered Building Construction Technology Certificate N/A N/A
School Type 2-year; public Less-than-2-year; public 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2011) 659* 399* 359*
Campus Setting Large city Small suburb Distant town
Tuition and Fees $3,236 for entire program (cost for 2013)** $4,055 for entire program (estimated cost for 2012-2013)*** Between $1,428.40 and $1,453.40 per session for in-state students; $5335 per session for out-of-state students (cost for 2010-2011)****
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2011) 71%* 51%* 68%*
Acceptance Rate (2011) N/A - open admission N/A - open admission N/A - open admission
Retention Rate (2011) 89% for full-time students* 90% for full-time students; 99% for part-time students* 70% for full-time students; 78% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate (2011) 89%* 69%* 74%*
Noteworthy N/A Perfect job placement rate as of 2010***; certification opportunities Opportunity for industry certification
Driving Distance from Downtown Orlando 81.5 mi. (82 min.) 111 mi. (101 min.) 70.2 mi. (72 min.)

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Erwin Technical Center, ***First Coast Technical College, ****Withlacoochee Technical Institute.


Programs at Erwin Technical Center

This school's carpentry program provides students with hands-on training in aspects of the building construction cycle.

Carpentry (Residential and Commercial) Diploma

This program can be completed in 14 months. Topics include roof and wall framing, cabinetmaking, blueprint reading, exterior and interior trim, shop safety, leveling instruments and carpentry tools. Graduates may want to consider enrolling in a local apprenticeship program for additional professional training. With 4-5 years of field experience and 3 letters of recommendation, graduates may qualify to take a contractor's licensure exam in their specialized area of expertise.

Programs at First Coast Technical College

In addition to in-class training, this school's carpentry program features hands-on skills development that can be useful for finding woodworking and building jobs. In 2010, this program had a job placement rate of 100%. Students can also seek cabinetmaking training at St. Johns Technical High School. St. Johns Technical High School is located on First Coast Technical College's main campus.

Carpentry Certificate

This program consists of 2 courses that last a total of 1,200 hours. Courses cover leadership skills, wood types, adhesive application, material measuring, cabinet installation, power tool use and furniture design. After graduating, students can become a registered member of the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER).

Programs at Withlacoochee Technical Institute

Withlacoochee Technical Institute's Carpentry Certificate program provides students with training that can lead to employment as carpentry helpers, trim and finish carpenters, rough carpenters and general carpenters.

Carpentry Certificate

On average, this program can be completed in about 1,200 hours. Students are trained in site preparation, project estimating and planning, frame and trim carpentry, blueprint reading and form construction. Specialty topics include kitchen and bathroom cabinetry, entrepreneurship, stairs construction, masonry, ceramic tile, remodeling and drywall. Program graduates qualify to earn industry certification through the NCCER.

Other School Options

Students living in Orlando can also find apprenticeship program options 86.5 miles away in Tampa at Hillsborough Community College, 90.4 miles away in Tampa at Learey Technical Center and 108 miles away in Palatka at Saint Johns River State College.

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