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Historic Building Technology

The Historic Building Technology program at LCC combines hands-on, experiential learning in a variety of spectacular settings with online education, to prepare you for a career in the fast-growing fields of building rehabilitation and construction.

To learn more about the Historic Building Technology program at LCC, check out the catalog.

Degrees & Certificates

Degree Options

Historic Building Technology A.A.S. Degree Plan
Historic Building Preservation Specialist I Certificate Certificate Plan
Historic Building Preservation Specialist II Certificate Certificate Plan
Historic Preservation Research Specialist Certificate Certificate Plan

Associate of Applied Science, Historic Building Technology

This comprehensive, two-year Associate of Applied Science degree program prepares students to pursue a variety of professional career opportunities in the historic preservation industry immediately upon graduation or continue their education at the next level. Students are introduced to the building arts through a sound theoretical foundation followed by an emphasis in developing the crafting skills necessary to execute historic building preservation interventions. Students may choose to concentrate their hands-on experience in the construction or decorative arts components of historic preservation treatment. The program places special emphasis on place-based learning. The curriculum meets the standards and guidelines set by the National Council for Preservation Education.


The certificates prepare completers to directly enter the historic preservation industry. The curriculum also provides the flexibility for experienced contractors, planners, designers and trades practitioners to upgrade their skills and knowledge to qualify to work with historic buildings and resources. Students may earn a certificate in two options. The certificate program includes many courses required in the Associate of Applied Science Degree and credits may be applied toward earning the degree.

These stackable certificates make it easier to receive multiple certificates and an AAS degree in just 2 years. In order to received an AAS in Historic Building Technology, a student must complete all three certificates plus 13 credits of general education requirements.”

Program Details

Program Prerequisites

  • High school diploma or equivalent

Cost of Textbooks/Supplies

  • Tuition based on total number of credits taken.
  • The cost may vary from semester to semester.

Gainful Employment Information

Field School

The Field School consists of coursework in basic safety, tool use, carpentry, masonry, site layout, window and door rehabilitation, and much more.  Students work and camp on site.  HistoriCorps provides instruction, tools, safety gear, meals on workdays, campsites, and workbooks.  Over the course of the degree program, students will spend a total of 15 weeks in the field.

Past and current projects have taken place in some of America’s most beautiful locations: the Rocky Mountains, the Great Lakes, the Appalachian Mountains, and the Arizona desert.  Here in Colorado, the 2015 field school projects include the Park County Courthouse in Fairplay, Buffalo Peaks Ranch in the South Park Heritage Area, the Lower Morrison Cabin in Lone Mesa State Park, and Hahns Peak in Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest.

To learn more about field school and the individual projects, look through the program’s catalog.

Faculty and Staff

For additional program information, contact:

Natalie Henshaw
HistoriCorps, Educational Programs Manager
Phone: 303.893.4260 x231
Office fax: 303.893.4333

For information on how to enrollment in the program, contact:

Kelli Gaines
Title III Activity Director
Phone: 719.336.1523

In the News

LCC’s Historic Building Technology program is one-of-a-kind.  While there are still very few programs in the United States where students can learn the necessary skills to preserve historic buildings, LCC’s program is the only one to partner with HistoriCorps.  A feature article by Trades Building Magazine explains the importance of this type of program as well as how our Historic Building Technology program stands out from the crowd.

Learn more about the Field School projects and they great things they help accomplish in the communities they serve:

LCC Historic Building Technology students and HistoriCorps volunteers do quality work, ensuring that these historic buildings will endure.  The HistoriCorps Fabyan Guard Station Project was even recognized with Preservation Achievement Award earlier this year.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a typical day like on a Field School project?
    • The day begins at sun-up with breakfast.  HistoriCorps staff members start the day with a briefing on safety and the upcoming preservation tasks.  Participants work throughout the day with water breaks, a lunch break, and then end the evening with dinner.  Students generally have evenings and weekends to themselves.  Projects often take place in beautiful, but remote, locations – available facilities will depend on the project itself.
  • Will I be able to complete my online classwork while attending a Field School?
    • Yes! Program administration and instructors will ensure that students are able to complete online classwork while attending the field school.
  • Do I need to move to Colorado?
    • You do not!  Colorado residents receive in-state tuition, but students can live anywhere in the country, take classes online, and attend projects that interest them.
  • What can I do with a Historic Building Technology degree or certificate?
    • Preservationists can work for contracting companies, public land maintenance and management organizations, museums, main street programs, state preservation offices, consulting and architectural firms, and historical societies.  Certificates are also competitive supplements for related careers in public history, archaeology, construction management, cultural resource management, museum administration, public land management, or for current preservationists who desire hands-on training.
New Hands-On Opportunities

HClogosmallLamar Community College has partnered with HistoriCorps to offer the first-of-its-kind field-based building preservation school. Learn more about HistoriCorps.