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 Empire State University to enable individuals to earn an Associate in Science in Labor and Construction Studies. The program combines university credit that you earn through your apprenticeship courses with general education and liberal arts courses provided by the School of Labor.

Students completing the Empire State University program are awarded an Associate of Science in Labor Studies. With that diploma, students can continue with the university to earn a bachelor’s degree, or transfer to another institution. 

Educational Requirements for the Associate 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 University.

The National College Credit Recommendation Service has evaluated our carpenter, millwright, floor covering, and cabinetmaking apprenticeship education programs to be worth 25-46 credits that 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, floor coverers, and cabinetmakers can review specific 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 credits you have available now or will have when you complete your apprenticeship.