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Providing a Practical Education in Carpentry

George Junior Republic’s Carpentry Program focuses on building basic and fundamental carpentry skills for students through classroom assignments and practical application. Our modern carpentry shop includes workspace for project development and an independent classroom for instructional theory.

Carpentry students participate in construction projects with Mercer County Habitat for Humanity, helping to build new homes for low-income families. This program works to help youth learn the life skills necessary to contribute to society as adults.

Mastering the Basics

The program begins with basic carpentry skills, such as the use of hand tools to build a model house frame. This instruction is followed by learning safety and the proper use of power tools. Students have an opportunity to complete the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute exam that can earn them a certificate from the National Association of Home Builders. With OSHA certification and their experience with framing projects, students at our facility are ready for entry level carpentry work after they leave our facility.


The Carpentry Program participates in the National Home Builders Association (NHBA), a nationally recognized construction trade association providing certification that is accepted by contractors, schools, construction companies, and others in the industry. Although obtaining NHBA certification is a long term commitment, the program is extremely beneficial to our students as they seek post graduation employment.