Demand for workers with residential building skills in the Seattle area is enormous, and these jobs are both rewarding and well-paying. This new micropathway offers two options for students – one for those who are brand new to the construction industry with no prior knowledge or experience, and another option for those who currently work or formerly worked in the construction field but seek formal training to take their career to the next level. With either option, you'll learn and refine foundational construction skills, gain exposure and experience with tools and materials, and expand carpentry skills as well as interior and exterior finishing skills.
What You'll Get
- A strong foundation in whole-building construction, including knowledge of appropriate tools and materials for various contexts, carpentry skills, stairbuilding, interior and exterior finishing skills, and much more (Note: the program follows the Homebuilding Institute’s curriculum, which is endorsed by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).)
- Opportunities for employment with local construction companies from the very start of the program, through graduation and beyond – earn while you learn
- The opportunity for free tuition and fees provided by our generous industry partners
- NOCTI Certification – Carpentry Basic, the only nationally recognized homebuilding credential
- Mentorship Matters certification, preparing you for effective communication and leadership on the job site
Location: Seattle Central's Wood Technology Center
Start Date: The first cohort of the Residential Construction program will begin in fall 2021.
Additional Start Dates: If there is enough demand from interested students, we will offer additional start dates later in the school year. If you are interested in the program but cannot start this fall, enter your contact information in the form below and indicate the quarter you will be available to start the program.
Length: 1 year
Schedule and Modality: The program will be offered in a hybrid format, with some instruction provided in-person and some provided online.
- In-person instruction will take place one evening per week for approximately 3 hours and a handful of weekend days (for approximately 4 to 5 hours) each quarter so that you can work, take care of your family, or engage other pursuits while in the program. Classes will be held Wednesday evenings, from 6 to 9 p.m., beginning Fall Quarter, the week of September 27, with three Saturdays per quarter in the Core Shop, four hours at a time.
- The online portion is simply where the curriculum and content will live, it’s a platform called MindTap. Your instructor will have assignments, readings, quizzes, or tasks that need to be done weekly and take between 1-3 hours. The entire program is designed for working people, so students will not have extraordinary volumes of homework to do outside of class. The majority of all instruction will occur in the classroom and in the Core Shop.
Costs and Funding: $1,495 per quarter, plus a one-time cost of $175 for the online curriculum. While federal financial aid is not available for this program, several construction companies have stepped up to offer paid employment to students in the program. Some may also pay a portion of tuition and fees.
- We will host a job fair on September 10, 2021, for prospective students to connect with companies around these opportunities. Learn more at our job fair page.
- Scholarships are also available. The deadline to submit an application is Sunday, September 12, 2021, at midnight. (Note: the scholarship application process is closed for the 2021-22 academic year.)
Class Size: 7-20 students
Program Prerequisites: It is recommended that students be able to speak basic, conversational English prior to enrolling in the residential construction program. It is up to your judgement whether you have enough conversational English to participate in the program, There is no formal requirement or prerequisite to enroll. Basic math skills (for instance, adding and subtracting fractions) will be helpful in completing the program. However, we will review this content during the program as well. There is no college-level math requirement or prerequisite. A high school diploma or GED is not required for enrollment.
For Additional Questions: Contact Rachael St. Clair for questions related to enrollment and for questions related to the program details.
Registration for this program is now open through Continuing Education at Seattle Central College.
Not quite ready to register? If you are interested in this program, complete this online form.
Coursework will focus on skills noted below.
Fall Quarter 2021
- Week One - Sept. 29 - Introduction
- Week Two - Oct. 6 - Hand Tools
- Week Three - Oct. 13 - Hand Power Tools, Part 1 (plus Saturday, Oct. 16, session)
- Week Four - Oct. 20 - Hand Power Tools, Part 2
- Week Five - Oct. 27 - Stationary Power Tools (plus Saturday, Oct. 30, session)
- Week Six - Nov. 10 - Wood and Wood Products (plus Saturday, Nov. 13, session)
- Week Seven - Nov. 17 - Fasteners
- Week Eight - Dec. 1 - Jobsite Safety and Construction Aids, Part 1
- Week Nine - Dec. 8 - Jobsite Safety and Construction Aids, Part 2
- Week Ten - Dec. 15 - Review
Winter Quarter 2022
- Week One - Jan. 5 - Building Plans and Codes
- Week Two - Jan. 12 - Building Layout
- Week Three - Jan. 19 - Concrete Form Construction, Part 1 (plus Saturday, Jan. 22, session)
- Week Four - Jan. 26 - Concrete Form Construction, Part 2
- Week Five - Feb. 2 - Concrete Form Construction, Part 3
- Week Six - Feb. 16 - Floor Framing, Part 1 (plus Saturday, Feb. 19, session)
- Week Seven - Feb. 23 - Floor Framing, Part 1
- Week Eight - Mar. 2 - Wall and Ceiling Framing, Part 1 (plus Saturday, Mar. 5, session)
- Week Nine - Mar. 9 - Wall and Ceiling Framing, Part 2
- Week Ten - Mar. 16 - Roof Framing
- Week Eleven - Mar. 23 - Review
Spring Quarter 2022
- Week One - Apr. 6 - Roofing, Part 1 (plus Saturday, Apr. 9, session)
- Week Two - Apr. 13 - Windows and Doors, Part 1
- Week Three - Apr. 20 - Windows and Doors, Part 2
- Week Four - Apr. 27 - Siding and Decks, Part 1 (plus Saturday, Apr. 30, session)
- Week Five - May 5 - Siding and Decks, Part 2
- Week Six - May 11 - Insulation and Ventilation
- Week Seven - May 18 - Wall Finish and Interior Finish (plus Saturday, May 21, session)
- Week Eight - May 25 - Stair Framing and Finish, Part 1
- Week Nine - June 1 - Stair Framing and Finish, Part 2
- Week Ten - June 8 - Review
Summer Quarter 2022
- Week One - June 29 - Interior Millwork Installation, Part 1
- Week Two - July 6 - Interior Millwork Installation, Part 2
- Week Three - July 13 - Interior Millwork Installation, Part 3 (plus Saturday, July 16, session)
- Week Four - July 20 - Cabinets and Countertops, Part 1
- Week Five - July 27 - Cabinets and Countertops, Part 2 (plus Saturday, July 30, session)
- Week Six - Aug. 3 - Review
Upon completion of the micropathway program in Residential Construction, you have several options, including:
- Use your new skills and credentials to get a new job or seek a promotion in the construction industry.
- Continue into an associate degree or an applied bachelor’s degree. Graduates of the program can roll their learning into an associate degree in Multi-Occupational Trades at South Seattle College as well as the Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Sustainable Building Science Technology at South Seattle College.
Job and Salary Prospects
The sky is the limit when it comes to employment in the Residential Construction field. Potential employment opportunities include:
- Blue Sound Construction
- Ashworth Homes
- Mighty House Construction
- Many other industry association members of Master Builders of King and Snohomish County and Building Industry Association of Washington
The median salary for residential construction jobs is $65K annually, with more experienced workers earning over $105K per year. Construction site supervisors and lead carpenters can earn upwards of $70K per year in addition to medical and retirement matching benefits. Continue on to project management or entrepreneurship? The earning opportunity is boundless.
If you are interested in this program, complete this online form, and we'll contact you with more information and next steps.