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Cabinetmaking and Architectural Millwork

Cabinetmaking and Architectural Millwork Program Description

The Cabinetmaking and Architectural Millwork program is offered exclusively at the Hocking College Sylvania Educational Site in Nelsonville, Ohio.

The Cabinetmaking and Architectural Millwork Program at Hocking College is a two-year intensive program designed to give students a hands-on education in the design, construction, and installation of commercial and residential interior architectural woodwork. 

The first year of the program will focus exclusively on establishing a firm foundation in the fundamentals of safety and sustainability, design, construction, and installation of cabinetry and millwork. Students will work on a number of stand alone projects throughout the year culminating in the design, construction, and installation of a complete cabinetry and millwork package for two tiny houses built by the students in the Carpentry Program. The second year of the program will shift focus to traditional freestanding cabinetry forms and students will work to complete three self-designed or chosen projects that will test the knowledge they have gained so far.


Students will also be introduced to a variety of techniques intended to broaden the scope of their cabinetmaking knowledge, including but not limited to: turning, bending and laminating, carving, veneering/laminating and CNC technology. Throughout the program, students will gain invaluable knowledge related to entrepreneurship and business management to ensure their success as entrepreneurs and productive members of the labor force.

The Hocking College Wood Lab is equipped with state-of-the-art machinery capable of processing a raw log into a finished wooden product. It's one of a limited number of programs in the country and the only facility in the state that has the capacity to do this.

The Cabinetmaking and Architectural Millwork program responds to the growing need for individuals trained in skilled craftwork and residential/commercial construction. Opportunities for Cabinetmaking and Architectural Millwork jobs also exist for those who aspire to manage their own businesses as independent contractors.

Prior work experience and/or completion of apprenticeship programs may result in credit hours being awarded by advanced standing, portfolio, and exam assessment.


Hocking College offers all-inclusive pricing and works with students to assure they have complete college funding, including financial aid, before they start classes. Please reference the course curriculum tab for program costs.

All-inclusive pricing includes the following:


$300......Learning Fee

$20........Health Center Services

$75........Career Center Services



$275....Smart Start*

Pricing for housing and meal plans can be found here.

*Recommended for all first-year college students.

  • Kitchen Cabinet Shops
  • Specialty Wood Shops
  • Countertop Manufacturers
  • Fixture and Display Manufacturers
  • Architectural Milling Companies
  • Sawmills
  • Lumber  Retail Companies
  • Custom Furniture Makers/Manufacturers
  • Self-employment as a Cabinetmaker

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A Career in Cabinetmaking Will Build A Solid Future

Ohio’s wood industry contributes approximately $24.98 billion annually to the state’s economy. Nearly $5.5 billion is produced in the Wood Furniture and Millwork sectors.

  • Full and part-time employment in Ohio’s wood industry was 116,321 with $6.26 billion in wages and benefits. 
  • Within the 32-county Appalachian Ohio region, the wood industry’s economic impact was $5.23 billion, employing 26,051 individuals with wages and benefits amounting to $1.17 billion.  
  • For every job created in Ohio’s wood industry, an additional 1.2 jobs are created in the state.    
  • The Millwork and Wood Furniture sectors contributed $3.82 billion and $1.55 billion to the state’s economy in 2014, respectively.  Over 25% of Ohio’s wood industry employees worked in Millwork, while more than 11% worked in the Wood Furniture sector. 
  • The Sawmill sector contributed $1.16 billion to the state’s economy in 2014.  Over 60% of the employees in this sector worked in the Appalachian Ohio region.
  • Nearly 85% of Ohio’s Commercial Logging employees worked in Appalachian Ohio. This sector contributed over $371 million to the state, representing about 75% of the state’s total economic impact for this sector. 


*Michaud, G; Jolley, G.J.; and Wilson, N. (2016) Economic Contribution of the Ohio Wood Industry. Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.

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Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are statements of what a student will be able to do when they have completed a program. They represent the knowledge and skills a program has determined are most important for students to gain from that program and include both the Success Skills (institutional outcomes) and Program Outcomes. SLOs are specific and measurable so the program can accurately assess the degree to which students have achieved each outcome, and they align with college and institution mission and values. Data on the achievement of SLOs is used to make improvements in the program and increase student success. 

Hocking College Institutional Learning Outcomes

1) Demonstrate sound critical thinking, information literacy and technological competency in the production of academic writing and presentations

2) Apply the methods of mathematical, statistical or analytical reasoning to critically evaluate data, solve problems and effectively communicate findings.

3) Demonstrate an awareness of the social, political and economic forces which shape individuals, institutions and communities in the modern world.

4)Understand social justice and the diversities and complexities of the cultural and social world past and present and come to an informed sense of self and others.

5)Demonstrate a foundation of knowledge in the natural sciences based on theory and laboratory skills.

6) Cultivate ethical values, personal wellness and personal learning strategies in the development of the whole person, mind, body and spirit.

7) Integrate content material to application in the workforce and apply discipline specific knowledge and skills to successfully transfer or effectively meet the expectations of internships, workplace, volunteerism and/or entrepreneurship endeavors.

8) Utilize the ethical and professional application of current information technology and tools effectively.


Program Outcomes

The following outcomes are skills, behaviors, and attitudes cultivated in students seeking the Associate of Technical Study in Construction Management — Cabinetmaking and Architectural Millwork:

  • To inform students of, and enforce, basic OSHA guidelines governing personal safety and protective equipment, along with those guidelines/practices that ensure safe, efficient, and environmentally responsible wood manufacturing practices.

  • To ensure a detailed overview of the mechanical properties and physical attributes of wood including moisture, movement, grain, and color and how they relate to the manufacturing and finishing of wood products.

  • To provide a practical education in forest management and sawmill operations by introducing students to industry-specific practices related to the planting, harvesting, sawing, drying, and retailing of lumber.

  • To provide a hands-on technical education in the fabrication, installation, and finishing of cabinetry and millwork by introducing students to the operation and maintenance of a variety of relevant machine and tool technologies.

  • To work with students to develop a portfolio of work, certifications, and standard practices geared towards employment in the custom architectural millwork and cabinetmaking industry and/or as an entrepreneur working in the wood products sector.

  • To provide an introduction to advanced computer technologies and 3D spatial thinking by emphasizing the role they play in the design and fabrication of custom architectural millwork and cabinetry.

  • To help students acquire a broad range of transferable skills such as critical thinking, effective interpersonal communication, research, diversity appreciation and problem-solving.


Retention Rates

Retention rates are determined by the Office of Institutional Research utilizing the following criteria:
  • All registered fall/autumn students with registration status for the following fall/autumn.
  • Excludes special populations - College Credit Plus, Non Degree, Online Military and University Center.
  • Potential for upcoming fall/autumn excludes graduates from that fall/autumn, spring and summer terms.

Graduation Rates 

Graduation rates are determined by the office of Institutional Research. To ensure appropriate time for data collection, this report will be run and posted annually in the last week of September for the previous academic year. It should be noted that annual graduation rates may change as students continue to graduate. The following criteria will be utilized for the calculation of graduation rates:

  • Overall Program Completion Rate is defined as a percentage of the ratio: 

    All graduates of the program
    All students with the program in their history of programs of study

  • For the purposes of reporting, the program completion rates are aggregated by academic year of entry.
  • A student is considered to have completed or graduated from a program or certificate by virtue of having been awarded the degree or certificate.
  • A student is considered to be undertaking activity in a program of study for the duration of time that they are in an active status in a program or certificate. This is defined by having a Program of Study with a status of ‘A’ during the duration of time they are taking coursework.  Should a student move in and out of active status in a program of study while continuing to take coursework, we only take into account the student’s activity while the program has an active status for that particular program of study.

In January 2020, Hocking College became one of 35 other secondary schools to be awarded a Choose Ohio First grant.

The grant — worth $65,600 — from the Ohio Department of Higher Education will fund scholarships for students joining the college’s Website and Application Development and Cybersecurity and Networking programs.

The grant allows for one scholarship each worth more than $2,700 for both programs for the next five years.

The scholarships are available to Ohio residents applying or transferring to Hocking College or changing their major to one of the two Computer Sciences programs.

Click here to begin your application.

The Cabinetmaking and Architectural Millwork program at Hocking College is a proud member of the National Hardwood Lumber Association and Woodworking Career Alliance. National Kitchen and Bath Association and other professional organization partnerships pending. 


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