Programa en Carpintería Fina is part of the California Community College Career Advancement Academy (CAA) initiative, a statewide effort to build pipelines to high wage, high demand careers for underprepared and underemployed young adults. Programa en Carpinteria Fina attracts Spanish-speaking students and helps them gain confidence, knowledge and work skills, thereby giving them tools to succeed in woodworking careers. An integrated and contextualized approach to learning foundational skills is used along with learning communities and team building. In the first semester, students work to improve their woodworking skills as they learn the English measurement system (vs. the metric system), shop math, drawing, reading, project planning and team skills. The program concurrently supports their English language learning and math skills by using initial bilingual support combined with ongoing Vocational ESL tailored to the woodworking industry.
Programa en Carpintería Fina trains students in high demand woodworking careers. Carpinteria includes contextualized, embedded math and VESL with initial bilingual instructional supports in a Wood Technology/Fine Woodworking program leading to a certificate and employment in this high skill, high wage industry in the Northern California Bay Area.
Carpintería has delivered seven credit hours of fine woodworking instruction per semester to a total of 87 students, roughly 25 students per semester. Student retention rates are about 88% for Carpinteria students as compared to about 60% for the regular fine carpentry students. Most of the students enrolled in two semesters and took two classes per semester earning a total of 14 credit hours. Carpintería students have many more options open and paths to follow as a result of the program completion.