High School Carpentry Students WorkingHouses are going up with the hard work of Southwestern's high school building trades/carpentry students! 

Each year, students from Creston, East Union, Lenox, Mount Ayr, Nodaway Valley, Orient-Macksburg, and Southwest Valley work together to build a home, sponsored by Union County Development Corporation. Central Decatur and Clarke students work together to build a home, sponsored by Clarke County Development Corporation.

Approximately 40 students are enrolled in this program each year.  Building trades/carpentry students can complete 30 credit hours during a two-year period of time. The credits can be transferred into SWCC's building trades/carpentry program and an associate of applied science (AAS) degree can be finished in as little as 12 additional months. 

SWCC's program is certified by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and sponsored by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).

Carpentry/Building Trades Course Sequence

Year 1- Fall
CON 141 Basic Construction Skills-2 credits        
CON 183 Construction Lab IA-5 credits   

Year 1- Spring        
CON 155 Carpentry Level I-3 credits        
CON 184 Construction Lab IB-5 credits    

Year 2- Fall        
CON 188 Construction Lab IIA-5 credits        
CON 237 Carpentry Level IIA-3 credits   

Year 2- Spring        
CON 189 Construction Lab IIB-5 credits        
CON 267 Carpentry Level IIB-2 credits

Creston program instructor:  Kyle Harvey
Osceola program instructor:  Charlie Mundy