Program of Studies 2023-2024 » Carpentry


CARPENTRY is a competency-based Career & Technical Education program offered at Milford High School & Applied Technology Center. To earn “completer” status in this program, students must pass Carpentry 1, 2, and 3 with a grade of “C” or better. Students are eligible to earn Industry recognized Certificates or Credentials by passing the Third-Party assessments administered to program completers.


2 Credits  Full-Year             Grades 10-12
The Carpentry 1 class is the introduction to basic residential construction and related trades. We build a solid foundation in the areas of: safe, appropriate use of hand and power tools; measuring and cutting; accuracy with rulers, levels, and squares. Students are introduced to basic framing, codes, plan reading, construction and woodworking methods.  Students will engage in a variety of modules to develop their understanding and implement these skills.  Students are exposed to a variety of industry related experiences and guest speakers.  Upon successful completion of this class, students are encouraged to continue on to the second year in Carpentry 2.
Prerequisite: Students are encouraged but not required to complete Woodworking 



CARPENTRY II (Coming 2024-2025)       1768
2 Credits Grades 11 -12

This course is the continuation of the Carpentry 1 Program. Emphasis of this course is refinement, application, and extension of skills from previous course in hands-on projects. Students will engage in more advanced projects that teach skills including but not limited to metal stud framing, drywall, exterior roofing and siding, roof calculations, concrete, building codes, finish carpentry, and woodworking.  These skills will be applied to more complex and challenging operations and projects. Guest speakers from industry, job shadowing and company tours will be part of the experience. Advanced students who are ready to join the workforce will be assisted in pursuing paid or unpaid work based learning opportunities. Students will become OSHA-10 certified. 
Prerequisite: Completion of Carpentry 1 with a grade of “C+” or better. 
Articulation Agreement: successful completion of 2 course sequence results in college credits at Keene State College (may only be used at KSC). 

Program Assistantships or Independent Study opportunities may be available to selected students for credit. Interested students that have completed the core of the Carpentry program should discuss these possibilities with the program instructor. 



Woodworking      1700

1 Credit          Grades 9-12
Students will learn the safe use of hand and stationary power tools for cabinet making, home repair and a wide variety of construction occupations. Students learn to work from a project plan, a bill of materials, and assembly instructions. The accurate use of layout tools is also stressed. 
CTE Work Based Learning
1/2 Credit*              Grades: 11 - 12 
Work-Based Learning (WBL) is to give students enrolled in a CTE program the opportunity to explore careers & develop skills via workplace learning experiences outside the classroom setting. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the world of work, develop skills & attitudes and practice workplace competencies & technical skills needed to be successful in their chosen career path (related to their CTE program). Work Based Learning is a work-based situation which allows a student an opportunity for a real work experience in conjunction with a classroom teacher, a work-site mentor, and a Work Based Learning (WBL) Coordinator. This team will coordinate academic and occupational skills that a student will learn and apply on the job. Classwork is meant to supplement and complement the experience, therefore it is expected that students will attend class when scheduled and complete all work as assigned. Credits will be awarded based on satisfactory evaluations from their site supervisor, participation in seminars, completion of related assignments & the number of verified WBL hours. The student is expected to meet with the Career Development Specialist regularly during TASC.
Requirements: Students are required to meet all pre-employment & employment expectations (including all policies, rules, & regulations). This may include, but is not limited to, aptitude screenings, physicals, background checks, drug screenings, dress code, cell phone policy etc. WBL activities may take place during the school day or outside of school hours, paid and non paid. 
Prerequisites: Successful completion of 1 year (2 credits) in a CTE program, 2.3 GPA or higher and passed all classes in the semester prior to the WBL experience; excellent attendance and discipline record; the ability to work independently; reliable transportation; and parent/guardian support and approval.

*Credit: based on hours completed (up to 1 credit per semester or summer)