South Central College Officially Cuts Ribbon on new Carpentry program in Faribault

Mark Paddock returning to SCC to teach new program

(July 21, 2015) - South Central College today celebrated the Re-Opening of its carpentry program with an official Ribbon Cutting at the college’s Faribault campus.

The carpentry program, which ran at the Faribault campus for several decades, was suspended in 2011.  With post-recession construction now booming throughout South Central Minnesota, there has been strong demand for the program’s return.

In December 2014, SCC officials met with leaders from the area building industry to discuss how the program could best prepare students for a carpentry career. “Once we heard from area businesses about the need for this program, we immediately went to work rebuilding it,” said Dr. Annette Parker, President of South Central College. “The result is a program that meets the needs of today’s building industry, which will provide substantial opportunities for our graduates.”

Students will focus on residential construction skills in the first year, learning the foundational interior and exterior construction techniques both in and outside of the classroom. During the summer, they will gain work experience through paid internships with local construction companies.  Finally, during their second year of college, they will gain exposure to commercial construction and complete a real community home building project to put all of their skills into practice.


The new carpentry program, will be taught by a familiar face, Mark Paddock, who served as SCC’s carpentry instructor for 12 years, from 1999 - 2011. In the four years since leaving SCC Paddock has taught at St. Cloud Technical and Community College and Riverland Community College in Austin. “I’m so excited to bring back the carpentry program at South Central, and I can hardly wait for August to get here,” said Paddock. He and his wife will be moving back to Faribault at the end of July.

For more information on the carpentry program, visit