Carpenters College Program

The New York City District Council of Carpenters Training Center has established a partnership with The Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies at Empire State College SUNY to enable individuals to earn an Associate in Science degree in Labor and Construction Studies. The program combines college credits that you earn through your apprenticeship courses with general education and liberal arts courses provided by the Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies.
College credits are available for:

  • Carpenters who began apprenticeship in Fall 2002 or later
  • Millwrights who began apprenticeship in Fall 2003 or later
  • Cabinetmakers who began apprenticeship in Fall 2004 or later
  • Floorcoverers who began apprenticeship in Fall 2005 or later

Dockbuilder/Pile Driver and Timbermen apprentices: These apprentice programs are currently being prepared for college credit evaluation. We anticipate the evaluation of both programs will occur during the 2014-2015 school year. You may be entitled to credits for identical coursework from our other approved program.

 Note: You may apply at any time during or after your apprenticeship training; fees do apply to this program… Bachelor’s Degree options are also available.

Journey-Level Workers: The Associates Degree program is open to journey-level workers who wish to pursue higher education but there are not transfer credit recommendations approved at this time.

Available Degree Options

Students completing the Empire State College program are awarded an Associate of Science degree in Labor Studies from Empire State College. This can be the end of a student’s college career, or the beginning. With the diploma students can continue with the college for a 4-year bachelor’s degree, or transfer to another college or university. All students have the opportunity along the way to think about their options and plan for their educational future.

Educational Requirements for the Associates Degree

An Associate in Science degree requires 64 credit hours, of which at least 32 must be in liberal arts and at least 24 must have been earned through Empire State College.

The National College Credit Recommendation Service has evaluated our carpenter, millwright, floorcovering, and cabinetmaking apprenticeship education programs to be worth 25-46 college credits, which Empire State College will accept toward its 64-credit associate degree when the apprenticeship is completed.

In addition, it is possible for a student to transfer up to 10 credits in liberal arts from an accredited college and still earn the minimum 24 required from Empire State College for a degree:

Required Credits for Associate Degree: 64
Carpentry/Millwright/Cabinetmaking/Floorcovering Apprenticeship: 25-46
Maximum Additional Transfer Credits: 10
Minimum Empire State College credits: 24

Carpenters, millwrights, floorcoverers and cabinetmakers may easily review your specific college credit recommendations at www.nationalccrs.org:

  1. Click on: Course Credit Directory
  2. Click on: –Select Organization–
  3. Scroll down: The New York City District Council of Carpenters
  4. Click on the Apprentice Program that applies to you.
  5. See how many college credits you have available today or when you complete your apprenticeship.

For more information about the College Degree Program and the college credit recommendations you may receive from your apprenticeship program, please call:

(212) 727-2224 @ Ext. 106
Peter Bennett
Director of Training

Apprentice Guidelines and Procedures for Receiving College Credits

In order to assist apprentices and members in furthering their educational goals, the Training Center has worked with the National College Credit Recommendation Service (National CCRS) to have our apprenticeship courses evaluated and recommended for transferable college-level credit.

All college credit recommendations are based upon coursework completed. No credit can be recommended for courses that have not been fully completed or for which a failing grade has been issued.

Credit is given per the recommendations of the National CCRS. These credit recommendations are listed publicly and may be found on www.nationalccrs.org.

Building and Construction Carpentry Program
Apprentices in the Building and Construction Carpentry programs (including Locals 157, 45, 20 and 926) may acquire up to 39 credits during the course of their regular apprenticeship program, including the completion of all required work hours. Two (2) additional credits each may be earned by successfully completing and passing the following journey-level courses: OSHA 30, ICRA Best Practices in Health-Care Construction, Rigging and Basic Arc Welding.

Total possible credits: 47

Credit can be issued to students who began apprenticeship in the Fall of 2002 or later.

Millwright Program
Apprentices in the Millwright program may acquire up to 46 college credits during the course of their regular apprenticeship program, including the completion of all required work hours.     Total possible credits: 46  

Credit can be issued to students who began apprenticeship in the Fall of 2003 or later.

Cabinet Making Program
Apprentices in the Cabinetmaking program may acquire up to 33 credits during the course of their regular apprenticeship program including the completion of all required work hours. Two additional credits may be earned by students who complete and pass the Advanced AutoCAD journey-level course. Total possible credits: 35

Credit can be issued to students who began apprenticeship in the Fall of 2004 or later.

Floor Covering Program
Apprentices in the Floorcovering program may acquire up to 25 credits during the course of their regular apprenticeship program including the completion of all required work hours.

Total possible credits: 25

Credit can be issued to students who began apprenticeship in the Fall of 2005 or later.

Dock Builder / Pile Driver Program
The Dock Builder/Pile Driver program is currently under review for credit recommendation; no determination has yet been made. You may be entitled to credits for identical coursework from our other approved programs.

NCCRS

“In order to assist apprentices and members in furthering their educational goals, the Training Center has worked with the National College Credit Recommendation Service (National CCRS) to have our apprenticeship courses evaluated and recommended for transferable college-level credit.

All college credit recommendations are based upon coursework completed. No credit can be recommended for courses that have not been fully completed or for which a failing grade has been issued.

Credit is given per the recommendations of the NCCRS. These credit recommendations are listed publicly and may be found on www.nationalccrs.org

Transcript Issuance

National CCRS recommendations are accepted at colleges and universities throughout the country. The Training Center can issue a transcript directly to you or to the school of your choice upon request. In order to request a transcript, please call 212-727-2224.

Please note: The Training Center is NOT an accredited college or university. If your college or university asks to provide your credits via a transcript from an accredited college or university, you may want to consider “Credit Banking”

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