Carpentry Technology

Become a carpenter - join the largest building trade in the US!

Get a solid foundation in residential and commercial carpentry at GRC. Complete professional certificates or get an associate in applied science degree in Carpentry Technology. GRC carpentry program graduates are in high demand!

We designed our program to train students in every major area of the carpentry trade: 

  • blueprint reading
  • foundation forming and concrete placement
  • wall and roof framing
  • interior and exterior finish carpentry

Your classroom is a well-equipped 5500-square-foot shop, large enough to build two houses!

You will build full-size mock-ups in the shop and work in the field on real building projects for customers.  

Employment outlook in Washington state is excellent. The region is experiencing rapid growth with many large and small-scale building and development projects over the next 30 years. The demand for skilled carpenters will remain high. 


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GRC Carpentry Technology program is the only pre-apprentice program, approved by the WA State Department of Labor and Industries. Choose excellence - become a GRC student today!

Complete all five carpentry skills certificates in as little as nine months and start applying for entry-level carpenter jobs. 

Add general education classes to earn a Carpentry Technology Residential and Light Commercial Associate in Applied Science Degree  and advance your career.

  • study full-time or part-time - flexible class format and schedule
  • learn from experienced top-notch instructors
  • work with modern high-quality tools and equipment
  • master carpentry basics in our carpentry shop
  • complete projects on live work sites – gain valuable work experience and see what it’s like to work in the field
  • polish your communication skills to work with customers and on teams


GRC Carpentry Technology program has a partnership with the Northwest Carpenter's Institute of Washington (NWCI). NWCI recognizes the quality of our program. GRC graduates who meet the GPA requirements can continue training through an exclusive agreement with NWCI:

  • Students who earn 3.5 GPA will have preferred entry into the NWCI's apprenticeship program
  • Students who pass the apprenticeship training exams advance to higher pay levels


Got a question? Let's chat.

Robert Bean
Carpentry Technology Faculty
(253)833-9111 ext. 6473
Kyle Boroughs
Carpentry Technology Faculty ext. 5485


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We will connect you with academic, financial, and community resources to help you reach your goals.


  • Occupations: Carpenter, Construction Carpenters, Drywall Installer
  • Earnings: Range from $19.49 to $25.13 an hour, entry to mid-level.
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