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Carpentry Students Build Steps on Campus


Students from the Fall 2022 Carpentry I class at Surry Community College demolished a set of old wooden steps to the H-Building on the Dobson campus and re-built the steps from the ground up.

“It was a great real-world opportunity for the students,” said Dale Badgett, Lead Instructor of Construction Management at SCC. “Overall, it took us two weeks because of the rainy weather, but we worked on it five days in total.”

Students participating in the project were: Isaac Johnson, Caleb Collins, Bryson Coleman, Francisco Urquiza, Keaton Leonard, Bryan McKnight and Mark Peeples of Mount Airy; Charles Cummings of Ararat, Cody Anderson of Westfield, Cameron Bradsher and Noah Crews of Yadkinville, Jose Gomez-Bautista of Dobson, Jason Hernandez of East Bend, and Randy Mondragon of Pilot Mountain.

“I am proud of the students,” Badgett said. “Several of the students took a leadership role for project, and every student in the class learned something about the proper way to construct steps. The students worked hard.”

Two construction classes will be offered Spring 2023 that do not have pre-requisites – CMT-120 Codes and Inspections and ARC-112 Construction Materials and Methods. In Fall 2023 – CAR-111 Carpentry I and BPR-130 Print Reading-Construction are scheduled without pre-requisites.

“Any of these four classes will help students work toward earning a certificate, diploma or degree in Construction Management Technology. These classes are a great way to get some class experience under your belt to see if this is the right program for you,” Badgett said.

High school juniors and seniors can take some of the Construction classes for dual credit, tuition free, through the Career & College Promise program. High school students can also take Carpentry I at SCC and get credit for Carpentry III at the high school level. Additionally, if a student has taken Carpentry I, II and III at their high school, they have a chance of placing out of Carpentry I at SCC if they make a high score during end of grade testing.

Construction managers typically make $73,721 per year, according to O*Net by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. For more information about the Construction Management Technology program at SCC, contact Dale Badgett at (336) 386-3445 or

For questions about college application, financial aid, or class registration, contact Student & Workforce Services at (336) 386-3264 or

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