Carpentry Program

House for Sale!

2018 House Information Package

A minimum bid of $75,000.00 has been established.

All bids are to be mailed or delivered in a sealed envelope marked “2018 Carpentry House Bid" to:

Business Office
Attn: Teren Novotny
Ridgewater College
2101 15th Ave NW
Willmar MN 56201

Bids are due at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, and will be opened at that time.

If an acceptable bid is not received at that time, advertising will continue and any further 
bids received will be opened and considered weekly at 2:00 PM each succeeding Tuesday until a successful bid has been received.

We are still accepting bids!

For further information or for an appointment to see the house, contact Teren Novotny at (320) 222-5639 or


Carpentry Student Project Invitation

The Ridgewater Carpentry program invites the public to submit ideas for a spring 2018 student project. Projects could be anything from foundation work and footings to siding or windows/doors.

Proposals will be opened and considered weekly at 2:00 PM, starting on Monday, April 16, 2018, at 10:00 AM, and will continued to be received and opened for consideration each day after the initial due date until a sufficient amount of work projects are received to meet instructional needs.

See Project Proposal form here.


About the Program

Ridgewater’s Carpentry program has the perfect blend of classroom, lab, and construction site experiences — culminating in the building of one or two houses each year. During the first year, students are also involved in a variety of hands-on lab activities including framing, rafter systems, stair construction, exterior and interior finish, cabinetry, concrete work, and remodeling. The classroom focuses on everything from carpentry principles to green construction methods.

Along with advanced lab activities, second-year students get hands-on construction experience from footings to the ridge cap. They take a comprehensive look at construction management skills and what it takes to run a job. Second-year students also work on job scheduling, building and site layout, material organization, building energy code, small business, and advanced estimating.

The entire curriculum focuses on the latest tools and techniques, including green eco-friendly building methods. They utilize recycled materials, energy-efficient components, and new decision-making processes aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

Additionally, our Carpentry students have helped with community projects, such as renovating a halfway house for the Community Action Agency and building homes for Habitat for Humanity.

Ridgewater College is an equal opportunity employer and educator.