Painting & Design

  • Create impressive interiors and exteriors for residential and commercial buildings

  • Transform structures, rooms and furniture using modern design concepts and painting equipment

  • Apply painting techniques in school and community improvement projects

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Brighten a dreary room, highlight a home’s architectural detail or launch a rewarding career. In our nationally accredited Painting & Design program, students learn how paint can do it all. As students learn to create inviting interiors and exteriors for residential and commercial structures, they’re introduced to the following skills:

  • Stripping, spackling and otherwise preparing surfaces for paint.
  • Applying paint using a variety of brush, spray and faux finishing techniques
  • Removing and hanging wallpaper and other wall coverings
  • Staining and finishing wood, as well as varnishing and restoring furniture
  • Color coordination and interior decorating

Practicing on-the-job safety, developing product knowledge and producing cost estimates are important elements of the program, too. Students hone their skills through a combination of expert instruction and hands-on training with professional-grade equipment. Training includes on-campus maintenance projects and off-campus activities like painting LCTI’s student-built house.

Upperclassmen are encouraged to test their skills by securing resume-building internships or co-op positions with local companies, such as Sherwin Williams. They also have multiple opportunities to earn industry credentials that signal their experience to employers and qualify them for articulated college credits.

Our Painting & Design program is endorsed by the following organization:

Pennsylvania Builders Association

Industry Certifications

Painting & Design students can earn the following certifications and credentials in high school:

  • NCCER Credentials
  • OSHA Certification via CareerSafe
  • Pennsylvania Skills Certificate via NOCTI
  • Pennsylvania Builders Association Skills Certificate

College Credits

The following colleges have articulation agreements with LCTI that allow Painting & Design students to earn credit for work they complete in high school:

  • Lehigh Carbon Community College


Career Paths

with industry certifications:
  • Residential/Commercial/Industrial Painter
  • Wallcovering Installer
  • Furniture Finisher/Restorer
with associate or bachelor’s degree:
  • Interior Designer
  • Construction Manager


Teacher: Keith Lyons


Counselor: Jessica Kamber

Phone: 610-799-1355

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CIP Code: 46.0408

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Industry Partners

Representatives from the following local businesses serve on the Painting & Design program’s Occupational Advisory Council:

Student Organizations

Painting & Design students are eligible for membership in the following Career & Technical Student Organizations, or CTSOs:

  • SkillsUSA

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Preparing all students for their personalized career pathway