Humboldt County Office of Education: Building & Construction Trades | CTE at McKinleyville High

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Woodshop, Metalshop & Building Trades


Sean Curry


Fulfills Fine Arts Requirement for Graduation and UC/CSU Admission This is an entry-level course of study designed to give students both knowledge and “hands-on” experience in the basic use of hand and power tools. Embedded throughout the year of studies are components of industrial standards, practices, work ethic, and possible job opportunities. Students will work to design, build, and construct basic projects. Unit topics include a wall shelf, cutting board, mallet, and jewelry box. Donations may be requested per the Career Technical Education Department Fee Policy. 

WOODWORKING 2, 3, and 4: 

 Fulfills Elective Requirement for Graduation A progression to the next level of woodworking, this course includes projects with a greater degree of difficulty in planning, preparation, and construction. Projects require a better understanding of layout and measurement. New processes and materials are introduced in joinery, lathe work, adhesives, and finishes. Students will design and build all the necessary items to start up and run a working production project. Unit topics include a footstool, cabinet, turned bowl, and band saw box. Donations may be requested per the Career Technical Education Department Fee Policy.


Fulfills Elective Requirement for Graduation The Construction Technology Program offers students an opportunity to learn basic framing methods, roofing, and finish carpentry. Topics such as plumbing and electrical may be covered by professionals from industry. The class is a “hands-on” training where students build a tiny house, from start to finish. Students learn to read and follow building plans, and will also be involved in the financial aspects of the building process. Budget information is being used to develop a better understanding of house construction costs and future energy operating costs. Motivated students will be assisted in being placed in paid construction employment positions.

For more information on CTE programs in Humboldt County contact William Row, HCOE Strong Workforce Program K-12 Pathway Coordinator at (707) 445-7817 or