WILLISTON Registration for Williston State College's residential carpentry program is set from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. June 29 on the campus.
Early registration is encouraged because there will be limited enrollment in the program. The semester begins with orientation on Aug. 22.
According to a press release issued by the college, students who successfully complete the program will attain entry-level skills. Graduates will have many employment opportunities in North Dakota and especially in the western part of the state. Carpenters are in great demand in the region as the housing market increases and is projected to continue growing for the next 10 to 20 years.
The residential carpentry program is a one-year program, taking two semesters to complete. Students can earn a certificate or complete a second year of general education courses, in order to earn an associate in applied science degree. They may also choose to apply for the apprentice training programs to complete journeyman carpentry requirements. Part of the program will also include a week-long internship with a local contractor. This is a chance to make local connections and to have real-world experiences.
High school students can take Carpentry 119 for dual-credit as offered by Williston State College. This course will be considered an elective and can't be used to replace any first-year courses, but will be helpful in preparation for the carpentry program.
With financial assistance from the Williston State College Foundation, the purchase of a house at 819 W. Broadway in Williston was made possible. The house will be remodeled and give students the opportunity to have a hands-on project, helping them gain valuable skills.
By purchasing this home, remodeling and selling it, the Williston State College Foundation and Williston State College also have an opportunity to meet Williston's need for housing. The profit received from the sale of the home will be used to fund next year's projects.
The college will look for more project homes to remodel once the current home is completed.
For more information, contact instructor Bruce Johnson at 774-4205.