District Council of Carpenters Associates Degree

Associate Degree Program

The New York City District Council of Carpenters Training Center has established a partnership with The Harry Van Arsdale Jr. School of Labor Studies at SUNY Empire State College 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. School of Labor Studies.

Students completing the SUNY Empire State College program are awarded an Associate of Science degree in Labor Studies from SUNY Empire. 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 SUNY 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 SUNY Empire 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 SUNY Empire 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 the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS) website:

  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.