Career Connections


Career Connections

We’re building the future.

Western States Carpenters’ Career Connections program brings cutting-edge technical education and a pathway to a middle-class career to schools in the Western States through our innovative hands-on pre-apprenticeship program.

The Career Connections Program works in partnership with educators to provide students with a practical STEM education taught by skilled instructors. With over 2,500 students in 70+ programs across Southern California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah, our graduates have gone on to earn six figure salaries as Union Carpenters.

Learn more about Career Connections here.

Why Bring Career Connections to Your School?

Whether Career Connections graduates go on to college to earn a four-year degree or choose to start working right after high school, the program helps them get a head start on a rewarding career. All Career Connections graduates are given entry to our debt-free apprenticeship program. And certified Career Connections students may also receive dual enrollment credit through a college articulated program.

Opportunities for careers that provide good wages, healthcare, and free career advancement training are disappearing. From infrastructure projects like roads, bridges, and schools, innovative housing and green building, our work is more essential than ever.

The future is here, and Carpenters embrace cutting-edge technology to get the job done. Whether it’s working with drones or advanced machinery, students will learn how to use the latest technology and software in the construction industry. 

Western States Carpenters are building the iconic structures where we’ll live, work, and play for generations to come. A career in carpentry means creating a lasting impact, not only for students and their families, but their communities.

What Does the Program Offer?
  • A project-based curriculum that combines classroom learning with hands-on experiences
  • Tiered curriculum that targets young people at their educational level
  • Training and professional development for educators
  • A dedicated Career Connections coordinator that provides frequent support to educators
  • Networking and career opportunities to help connect students to employers in the construction industry
  • Resources and supplies to support educators