College Program Information

Carpenters College Program

The New York City District Council of Carpenters Training Center has established a partnership with The Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies at Empire State College SUNY to enable individuals to earn an Associate in Science degree in Labor and Construction Studies. The program combines college credits that you earn through your apprenticeship courses with general education and liberal arts courses provided by the Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies.
College credits are available for:

  • Carpenters who began apprenticeship in Fall 2002 or later
  • Millwrights who began apprenticeship in Fall 2003 or later
  • Cabinetmakers who began apprenticeship in Fall 2004 or later
  • Floorcoverers who began apprenticeship in Fall 2005 or later

Dockbuilder/Pile Driver and Timbermen apprentices: These apprentice programs are currently being prepared for college credit evaluation. We anticipate the evaluation of both programs will occur during the 2014-2015 school year. You may be entitled to credits for identical coursework from our other approved program.


Note: You may apply at any time during or after your apprenticeship training; fees do apply to this program… Bachelor’s Degree options are also available.


Journey-Level Workers: The Associates Degree program is open to journey-level workers who wish to pursue higher education but there are not transfer credit recommendations approved at this time.


Available Degree Options

Students completing the Empire State College program are awarded an Associate of Science degree in Labor Studies from Empire State College. This can be the end of a student’s college career, or the beginning. With the diploma students can continue with the college for a 4-year bachelor’s degree, or transfer to another college or university. All students have the opportunity along the way to think about their options and plan for their educational future.

Educational Requirements for the Associates Degree

An Associate in Science degree requires 64 credit hours, of which at least 32 must be in liberal arts and at least 24 must have been earned through Empire State College.

The National College Credit Recommendation Service has evaluated our carpenter, millwright, floorcovering, and cabinetmaking apprenticeship education programs to be worth 25-46 college credits, which Empire State College will accept toward its 64-credit associate degree when the apprenticeship is completed.

In addition, it is possible for a student to transfer up to 10 credits in liberal arts from an accredited college and still earn the minimum 24 required from Empire State College for a degree:


Required Credits for Associate Degree: 64
Carpentry/Millwright/Cabinetmaking/Floorcovering Apprenticeship: 25-46
Maximum Additional Transfer Credits: 10
Minimum Empire State College credits: 24

Carpenters, millwrights, floorcoverers and cabinetmakers may easily review your specific college credit recommendations at www.nationalccrs.org:



  1. Click on: Course Credit Directory
  2. Click on: –Select Organization–
  3. Scroll down: The New York City District Council of Carpenters
  4. Click on the Apprentice Program that applies to you.
  5. See how many college credits you have available today or when you complete your apprenticeship.


For more information about the College Degree Program and the college credit recommendations you may receive from your apprenticeship program, please call:


(212) 727-2224 @ Ext. 106
Peter Bennett

Director of Training