What we teach students
The carpentry program develops student skills for eventual entry-level career opportunities upon graduation. Safety is of paramount importance and students begin their training with a strong foundation of safety measures and build upon those critical skills for the entire time in the carpentry program.
As a true extension of the classroom, authentic carpentry projects are critically important to the learning environment. FCTS facility projects, along with projects for municipal and non-profit groups, offer hands-on learning to the students. Real world projects truly provide the students with an opportunity to apply what they have learned. Our students thrive on authentic work! The last few years, FCTS has partnered with the Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity organization. The mission of Habitat is to build and provide quality, modest homes for hardworking families. The "to be" owners of the home work on the house on weekends with other volunteers. This process is called "Sweat Equity". During school year week days, Ken teaches the complexities of carpentry in a truly authentic classroom - the home he and the students build. It is a great partnership and experience. Requests for FCTS business work must provide educational value to the students and must align with the curriculum. If you are a municipal group or non-profit organization, please contact Matthew West, Director of Career and Technical Education.