High School Diploma - Building Technology: Carpentry

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Penn Foster's High School Diploma in Building Technology with a Concentration in Carpentry program gives you the general education courses you need, while also supplying you with basic construction and building skills. When you complete this program, you'll earn a high school diploma and, with your carpentry electives, you'll also be qualified for the Penn Foster Carpenter Career Diploma! Read on to find out more about this diploma program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The curriculum of Penn Foster's online High School Diploma in Building Technology with a Concentration in Carpentry program consists of a diverse general education and also focuses on basic carpentry practices. Concentration courses provide you with the knowledge and skill to use various types of tools, apply mathematics in practical situations, identify types and uses of building materials, adhere to building codes, and read blueprints. You'll also study how to frame houses and finish both exterior and interior residential construction. To earn the high school diploma, you must also complete courses in English and reading, math, science, social sciences, and health.

What Are the Prerequisites?

A desire to work with your hands and strong math, analytical, and critical-thinking skills could be helpful before entering Penn Foster's High School Diploma in Building Technology with a Concentration in Carpentry program. As an applicant to Penn Foster High School, you must be at least 14 years old and have completed Grade 8.

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What Are the Course Requirements?

You must complete 22 courses totaling 21.5 credits to earn this diploma. You will take 16 one-credit general education courses, five one-credit carpentry electives, and a half-credit orientation course. Course requirements could be different if you are transferring credits.

English and Reading

  • Basic English
  • Reading Skills
  • Practical English
  • Written Communication
  • Literature

Social Sciences

  • Human Relations
  • American History
  • World Geography
  • Civics

Science

  • Biology
  • Earth Science
  • Physical Science

Math

  • General Math
  • General Math II
  • Consumer Math

Health

  • Fitness and Nutrition

Carpentry Electives

  • Practical Applications of Basic Math for Use in a Variety of Construction Tasks
  • Interpreting Construction Drawings, Understanding Building Codes and Layout, and the Essentials of Building Materials
  • Hand and Power Tools and Their Applications
  • Residential Framing and Exterior Construction
  • Interior Finishing

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

After earning Penn Foster's High School Diploma in Building Technology with a Concentration in Carpentry, you could apply for work as a carpenter's helper or apprentice. You could work for a self-employed carpenter or a construction company. You might assist master carpenters with various tasks, from framing houses to installing window and door trim.

Advanced Education

You could choose to further your studies after completing Penn Foster's High School Diploma in Building Technology with a Concentration in Carpentry program. Your carpentry electives qualify you for the Penn Foster Career School Carpenter Career Diploma. You could also continue your studies in a two-year degree program. An associate's degree could be helpful if you intend to pursue supervisory or managerial positions in the construction field. Associate's degrees you could pursue include:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Construction Technology
  • Associate of Applied Science in Building Construction Technology
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