155 Ayers Street, Barre VT 05641

Phone: (802)-476-6237

Fax: (802)-476-4045

What We Do

Building Trades prepares students for careers in general construction. The projects students participate in are informed by the community needs as well as industrial trends and needs.

Students in Building Trades learn the principles and skills of general carpentry by constructing a five piece modular home and other various projects.



Successful students in this program have these academic opportunities available to them.

 - Associated General Contractors Carpentry Certification (AGC-C)

 - Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) 10 hour certification


Vermont Proficiency Alignment

While covering a full curriculum of content specific to this trade, students in this program will be trained and assessed on the following high school-level academic proficiencies using the following indicators from Vermont’s Proficiency-Based Graduation Requirements.

For more information about Vermont’s Proficiency-Based Graduation Requirements, visit the VT Agency of Education’s website here.


      Major Proficiencies:  1. Modeling    3. Algebra   5. Geometry

      Minor Proficiencies:  2. Number & Quantity


      8. Engineering Tech


      1. Reading   2. Writing   3. Writing   4. Speaking & Listening   5. Speaking & Listening   6. Language


      1. Career Exploration   2. Career Clusters   3. Career Readiness   4. Work Readiness   5. Reading   6. Writing   7. Speaking & Listening   8. Digital Citizenship   9. Creative Communicator


      1. Communication   2. Self-Direction   3. Problem Solving   4. Citizenship   5. Integrative Thinking



Building Trades Students use these industry-recognized texts, although others might be used throughout the year.

 -National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)

 Core Curriculum- Pearson

- National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Carpentry Level 1- Pearson


Recommended Reading Level

Textbooks and the majority of class texts in this course are written at the following grade level. The first number correlates to the grade level and the decimal refers to the monthly progress throughout the year. For example, an 11.3 would translate to an “11th grade reading level, approximately 3 months into the school year.”

 -10.4 (NCCER Texts)


Recommended Math Skills

Successful students in this program should expect to master these math skills. Previous preparation and training in these areas are critical for academic success in this program.

 - Pythagorean theorem

 - Fractions, decimals, percentages

 - Measuring quickly with tape measure to an accuracy of 1/8”

 - Ratios and proportions

 - Finding area

 - Basic math (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division)


CVCC Safety Exam

Every CVCC Program begins the year with a Safety Exam. Students are required to pass this safety exam before they can participate in program lab settings. For more information about these exams, contact the CVCC School Counseling Coordinator.

 -  Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) 10 hour certification


Instructor Information

Instructor: Steve Coultas


Phone: (802).476.6237 ext. 2137


The Central Vermont Career Center does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color,

national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and marital status in

admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities.

Click here to read our official Notice of Discrimination as a full document.

Education that works.

Supported by:

Vermont Tech


The Central Vermont Career Center is committed to providing communication materials that are accessible regardless of ability. If you need information in an alternative format, please call us at 802-476-6237.

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