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Fine Woodworking Program. Fine Woodworking Program. An occupational program at SFCC since 1991 – for students: seeking employment in the custom woodworking field; pursuing a career as a self-employed designer/craftsperson; and interested in woodworking as a serious avocation. Courses.

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fine woodworking program1
Fine Woodworking Program
  • An occupational program at SFCC since 1991 – for students:
    • seeking employment in the custom woodworking field;
    • pursuing a career as a self-employed designer/craftsperson; and
    • interested in woodworking as a serious avocation
courses
Courses
  • Safe use of machinery
  • Hand tool use
  • Wood joinery
  • Furniture design
  • Finishing
  • Advanced woodworking techniques/furniture design
  • Furniture and wood art production
the program
The Program
  • A strong and growing program since 1991
  • 3200 sq. ft. building built to support expanding enrollments in 1995
  • 195 students currently, taking 743 student credit hours
  • In past three years SCH have increased by 21%
student profiles
Student Profiles
  • Dennis Esquival

Since graduating with Certificate in Fine Woodworking in 2003, Dennis has been:

    • Self-employed as designer/craftsman
    • Recipient of Southwest Assoc. of Indian Arts fellowship
    • Recipient of First Place award in Diversified Arts at 2003 Indian Market
    • Selected to participate in “Changing Hands” show at Museum of Art and Design in New York
student profiles1
Student Profiles
  • Maureen Scott

Maureen graduated in 2004 with a Certificate in Fine Woodworking, but intends to continue taking classes here in order to build the portfolio she needs for entering a Master of Fine Arts program in furniture design.

student profiles2
Student Profiles
  • Bill Oakley

Bill is a retired state worker and lifelong learner who graduated in 2003. Though he has no plans to pursue a woodworking career, he continues to take classes here to further his woodworking skills.

student profiles3
Student Profiles
  • Jabian Nimmo

Jabian graduated in Spring 2004 and has found employment in a high-end custom woodworking shop, and plans to work on his own designs in the future.

more on our students
More on our students…
  • Over the past six years, there have been 26 program graduates.
  • Many students seeking serious avocation
  • 40% of our students are women
  • Many students with advanced degrees
more on the program
More on the program…
  • Many students come from Albuquerque or out of state – there are only a few programs of this quality in the U.S.
  • Faculty and advisory committee members are professional, talented and committed woodworkers
where students get jobs
Employers include:

Samora Woodworks

Baglione Custom Woodworks Inc.

Robert Pepper Woodworking

Adam Eisman Furniture and Design

Where students get jobs
salaries for graduates
Salaries for graduates
  • Varies, entry-level from $12 - $20/hour
  • A current student (not yet graduated) is already making

30% more than his previous salary (now $12.50/hour at Samora Woodworks)

plans for the future
Plans for the future
  • A new gallery space for fine woodworking and student work in other SFCC programs (jewelry, pottery/ceramics, etc.)
  • Development of entrepreneurial-oriented curriculum and degree programs