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Construction/Carpentry

Construction/Carpentry Career Pathway

Students learn the fundamental skills to succeed in the construction industry. They participate in all phases of on-site construction and help build homes in the local community. Learn more about Milton Hershey School’s Construction/Carpentry career pathway.

A Growing Industry

The trades are among the fastest growing industries in the country. A significant number of construction workers are retiring at a time when construction projects are on the rise.

At MHS, the uptick in construction careers is reflected in the expanded curriculum of the Construction/Carpentry pathway. While students have long been equipped with the fundamental skills required of a residential carpenter to frame and finish a house, they are now also getting hands-on HVAC, electrical, and plumbing experience.

Coursework

Students participate in all phases of the on-site construction of a staff home on the school’s campus. The national trend of more women joining the construction industry also is apparent in Milton Hershey School’s Construction/Carpentry pathway where more female students than ever are developing the skill set and training to lead careers in construction.

All students in the pathway graduate with the confidence and ability to secure industry jobs with family-sustaining wages. They also develop lifelong skills that will enable them to maintain their own homes in the future.

A Milton Hershey School student shares her experience as part of the school's Construction/Carpentry career pathway.

“I want to do residential remodeling. I love that women are empowering themselves to get into this field. I’m further than I ever thought I could be.”

Jasmine McGinnis ’19
MHS student

Setting Students Up for Success

Through hands-on learning, students have opportunities to construct homes on campus and gain ownership of technical projects.

A Milton Hershey School Middle Division student works in the wood shop at Catherine Hall.

Core Skills

  • Building frames and walls
  • Installing electrical circuits
  • Working with tools and machinery
Milton Hershey School students take measurements in wood shop.

Future Career Options

  • Construction manager
  • Carpenter
  • Plumber
  • Electrician
A Milton Hershey School student gains valuable real-world experience on the job at his internship with Pyramid Construction.

Certification Options

  • 7 Industry-recognized certifications
  • Career Safe® 10 Hour Construction Industry Course
  • NCCER Construction Technologies

Learn more about Milton Hershey School’s Career and Technical Education program and its 12 distinct CTE career pathways.

Milton Hershey School does not discriminate in admissions or other programs and services on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, religious creed or disability. View full Equal Opportunity Policy.