Construction Technology

The Construction Technology Program offers a future with great rewards. The program provides skills in light residential construction. Students learn safe and accurate use of hand and power tools and knowledge of building materials. Program students build with panelization and production methods used in an ever-changing environment and industry. Practical experience from the foundation up to the finish takes place on and off campus at the residential project where students are building real homes.

What We Do

Students participate in field trips to industry leaders in Vermont. Many service projects have been completed to help local groups including, the United Way, the Home Builders. Students work on a complete house build from foundation to finish.

Program Instructor

man wearing a white hard hat is shown in profile, he is smilingJeff Fowler

Jeff was born and raised in Rutland, Vermont with relatives dating back to some of Vermont’s earliest settlers. From an early age, he enjoyed building and working with his hands. In high school he had the opportunity to attend the Rutland VO-Tech (now STC) Cabinet Making Program. Later he became a self-employed furniture maker, construction worker, and carpenter as well as working for a few different companies for over 20 years. After accumulating his skills in the field Jeff decided he wanted to share what he knew with students, which is how he got here. Now in his eighteenth year at Stafford, he continues to develop his knowledge and skills alongside his students.
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greyscale image of a man in a hard hat smiles at the cameraJeff Fowler, Class of 1976

I attended the cabinet-making  program at Stafford. Being proud of your work was something that was instilled in me; along with that came the opportunity for earning a good living. Now, as an instructor at Stafford in the Construction program, I strive to pass on that same pride to the students that come here.


Program Advisory Committee

Nancy J MooreRotella Kitchen and Bath
Lauren HughesCentury 21 Real Estate
Curt HathawayHathaway Construction
Tanner RomanoNaylor and Breen Builders
Matthew WheatonDew Construction
John BerryhillRetired, Architect Habitat for Humanity
Jennifer LandonAssociated Builders & Contractors
Wayne SchillerLaValley Building Supply

Dual Enrollments/College Credits

Articulation agreement with New England Institute of Technology


US Dept. of Labor OHSA 10 hour Construction Safety Certificate, AGC/VT Program Credential, American Heart Association HeartSaver® First Aid/CPR with AED & Basic First Aid, Students completing 90% of the Core Competencies will receive a certificate from Stafford Technical Center.


Average Career Salaries

JobsAverage Salary
Weatherization Technician$40,806
Construction Manager$80,134
Building Inspector$55,454
Construction Assistant$35,645

*Average Salaries for Vermont taken from Zip Recruiter ( in October 2020.



Requirements For This Program

Recommended Prerequisites: add, subtract, multiply, divide whole numbers, fractions, and decimals; basic customary and metric measuring skills; ability to perform physical labor on the job site and in classroom; competency with fine and gross motor skills
Reading Level of course materials: Grade 10.3

Scales for standards assessed in this program