Expansion of Autodesk Design the Future Program to Help Prepare Students
for Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics
SAN FRANCISCO & WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 4, 2014--
Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) is joining with President Barack Obama and other
leading technology and telecom companies to help prepare American high
school students for science, technology, engineering, art and
mathematics (STEAM) careers. The company will expand its Design
the Future program, and make available $250 million of 3D design
software, project-based curricula, training and certification to every
middle and high school in the United States in 2014.
“Our customers have unfilled, high-paying positions due to the lack of
qualified U.S. high school and university graduates,” said Carl Bass,
Autodesk president and chief executive officer. “As part of our ongoing
commitment to training and equipping the next generation of designers,
engineers, architects and digital artists, we are proud to respond to
the call from President Obama. Today we are committing to making our
Design the Future program available to every secondary school in the
United States over the next year.”
The Design the Future program provides secondary school teachers
everything they need to teach students critical problem-solving skills
and to prepare them for careers in STEAM fields such as engineering and
architecture. First launched as a pilot in California in 2013 and
expanded to Texas in 2014, the program empowers educators to help
students develop a lifelong love for STEAM subjects by providing free
access to current versions of Autodesk 3D design software (including
more than 14 key products for architecture, engineering and
entertainment), project-based curricula assigned to Common Core and ISTE
standards, training and certification. In the first six months of the
program, more than 350 California schools have enrolled. With today’s
commitment, Autodesk will make its software available for free to
educators at more than 27,000 U.S. secondary schools. If all schools
take advantage of the offer, the total value of Autodesk’s offering will
exceed $250 million. For more information on Design the Future, visit http://www.autodesk.com/campaigns/design-the-future-us/home.
For more information on Autodesk’s free offerings for students and
educators, visit http://students.autodesk.com.
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artists, students and hobbyists—uses Autodesk software to unlock their
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