In July 2017, the program came under the auspices of Mendocino College, after 35 years with College of the Redwoods. In practice this means that students from 2017 onwards will register with, pay fees to, and graduate from Mendocino College. There has been no change at all to the internal workings of the program, the facilities, the staff or curriculum.
The program is open to serious woodworkers of intermediate and advanced ability, and is intended to prepare students for careers as independent designers/crafts workers. Whether or not potential applicants have a professional background or significant experience in woodworking is less important than their objective in applying. We expect a fair knowledge of machine tools and the woods most common to fine furniture making – as well as patience, an openness toward refinement of methods, and a singleness of purpose aimed at doing one’s best all along the way.
Visiting the school
We encourage prospective students to visit our program to gain a first-hand impression. Please call in advance to arrange an appropriate time. Such visits are for information only and do not improve chances of acceptance. You should not feel disadvantaged if you are unable to visit.
The program has attracted students from all over the world, with at least two or three in every class. We are once again accepting international applications to our program. For information about applying as an international student, please contact Anastasia Simpson-Logg at Admissions and Records at 707-468-3102 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For California residents (with residency documentation dated one year prior to the opening day of classes), the enrollment fees for one semester are $840 ($46 per unit for 18 units plus a $10 Health fee and a $2Student Body fee.) Non-residents pay $211 per unit plus $12 other fees, or $3,810 per semester.
General financial aid information is available online: mendocino.edu/student-services/financial-aid
17 weeks per semester. Fall semester Aug 20 – December 114, 2018. Spring semester January 22 – May 24, 2019.
To be eligible for the program, applicants should have completed and passed WOD-70A and WOD-70B, a cabinetmaking and millwork course, offered through Mendocino College at the Laytonville site or at the Krenov School in Fort Bragg. An equivalent course can also be substituted for these courses. Equivalency can be woodworking instruction at another institution, or practical experience. If you using other coursework or experience to apply, you will be required to fill out a Prerequisite Course Equilivency Form which will help us determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for our program.
All qualified applicants will be placed in a lottery.