Darrell Morris

Darrell Morris

Mr. Morris is a carpenter with over 20 years of experience in commercial and residential construction, specifically in building, demolition, flooring, electrical, plumbing and drywall. His previous employment includes University of Virginia Facilities Management, Intrastate Service Co., Martin and Horn and D&M Construction. Darrell has been married for 15 years and has a daughter. He enjoys outdoor activities with his family and taking their boat to the lake.


building trades

CATEC's Carpentry program prepares for achieving high-level construction industry skills that can result in an exciting and lucrative career. With an emphasis on safety, students are taught to use hand and power tools, cut stock, apply construction mathematics, interpret blueprints, and understand basic rigging.

Students will become proficient in identifying types of residential construction components to frame walls, floors, ceilings, roofs, doors, and windows. All students will obtain the required Construction Industry OSHA 10 safety credential.

Contextual instruction and student participation in co-curricular career and technical student organization (CTSO) activities will develop leadership, interpersonal, and career skills. High-quality work-based learning (HQWBL) will provide experiential learning opportunities related to students' career goals and/or interests, integrated with instruction, and performed in partnership with local businesses and organizations.



Students receive up to 3 high school elective credits each year for successful completion of the program. Passage of the certification exam will award the student 2 student-verified elective credits, one of which can be substituted for a verified credit in either science or history.


National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER Core)

Occupational Safety and Health Administrations, 10 hour (OSHA-10)

Virginia Workplace Readiness Skills Assessment

Class: Building Trades I & II

State Code: 8515, 8516

Duration: 1 year

Grade(s): 10-12

Credential(s): NCCER Core, OSHA-10

Time(s): AM only


Germanna Community College

  • Technical Studies Industrial Maintenance, A.I.T.

Piedmont Virginia Community College

  • Manufacturing Technology (Career Studies Certificate)

James Madison University

  • Industrial Design, B.S.

Old Dominion University

  • General Engineering, B.S.

University of Virginia

  • Architectural Design, B.S.

  • Multi-Disciplinary Architectural Studies, B.S.

  • Urban & Environmental Planning, B.A.E.P.

Virginia Tech

  • Landscape Architecture, B.L.A.

  • Construction Science, B.S.

  • Building Construction B.S.

  • Industrial Design, B.S.

  • Landscape Architecture, L.A.R.

  • Industrial & Systems Engineering, I.S.E.

  • Materials Science & Engineering, M.S.E.


  • Career Opportunity: Construction Worker

  • Work on framing, carpentry, electrical, and plumbing jobs.

  • National Wage Average: $47,000

  • Virginia Wage Average: $55,000

  • Projected Job Growth in Virginia: +21.2%

  • Nationally, 168,000 jobs increase each year for next 10 years

  • Career Opportunity: Carpenter

  • Construct & repair building frameworks structures; such as, stairways, door frames; partitions; rafters; & bridge supports made from wood & other materials. They also install kitchen cabinets, siding, & drywall.

  • National Wage Average: $42,090

  • Virginia Wage Average: $40,680

  • Projected Job Growth in Virginia: +6%

  • Career Opportunity: Architectural Designer & Drafter

  • Prepare detailed drawings of architectural & structural features of buildings & topographical relief maps used in civil engineering projects such as highway, bridges, & public works. They use knowledge of building materials, engineering practice & mathematics to complete drawings.

  • National Wage Average: $53,470

  • Virginia Wage Average: $50,950

  • Projected Job Growth in Virginia: +7%