3D Leader Partners With Nucor and Avatech Solutions to Introduce High-School Students to the World of Model Based Design
SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Nov. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Autodesk, Inc.
(Nasdaq: ADSK), in partnership with Nucor Detailing Center and Avatech
Solutions, today announced NuBeginning, a program to address the diminishing
supply of engineers by getting young students excited about the field as a
career. NuBeginning is an initiative to bring learning opportunities in 3D
model based design as well as 2D design and drafting to high-school students.
Two high schools in Nebraska are the recipients of free Autodesk software and
instruction provided by industry experts and educational consultants from
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"Nucor Detailing Center recognized the lack of technical programs being
offered in our area schools and the need to introduce our students to career
opportunities in 3D and 2D design," says Cindy Morrow, Nucor Detailing Center
supervisor. "With the help of Autodesk we were able to step forward and change
this with the NuBeginning Program -- a way to enrich high-school students with
the fundamentals of model based design and engineering."
Students will gain access to a computer-aided design (CAD) lab running the
latest software from Autodesk. The software, Autodesk Design Academy, is a
comprehensive pre-engineering, pre-architecture, and cross-discipline package
developed specifically for secondary schools by experienced educators and
technical experts. It meets national standards and provides classroom
materials that ensure students master the fundamentals of the design process
while learning to use the same Autodesk software that professionals use around
the world. The Autodesk Design Academy package includes the latest and most
progressive 3D model based software in the industry such as Autodesk Revit
Building, Autodesk Building Systems, Autodesk Inventor Professional, Autodesk
Civil 3D in addition to the industry leading design and drafting software
AutoCAD and Autodesk Architectural Desktop. The Autodesk Design Academy also
includes visualization software Autodesk VIZ and review and markup software
Autodesk Design Review software and solutions.
The pilot session of NuBeginning, held at Battle Creek High School, has
just concluded and the feedback from the administration, instructors and
students has been overwhelmingly positive. "The students really enjoyed the
class," adds Morrow. "Working with Autodesk Design Academy allowed them to
have fun and see some quick accomplishments."
Beginning with project-based design processes and ending with the final
team presentation, educators and students engage in real-world projects. The
teachers ensure that students develop teamwork skills, while establishing a
solid understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics
principles that will serve them well in their future professions.
Nucor is one of the fastest growing steel companies in the world and will
have many positions open in the next few years for drafters, engineers,
metallurgists and others. Taking the NuBeginning program to local schools and
exposing students to the software used by professionals is one way they're
ensuring a highly skilled future workforce.
Nucor employs more than 900 people at its three Nebraska divisions, with
Nucor Detailing Center providing drafting and other support services to Nucor
divisions in Nebraska and across the United States. The three existing
Nebraska divisions generated approximately $750 million in sales and recycled
more than one million tons of steel last year. Nucor Steel-Nebraska was the
first steel mill to be built in the state of Nebraska. The mill produces
angles and rounds for Vulcraft and a variety of other customers.
About Avatech Solutions
Avatech Solutions, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: AVSO.OB) is the recognized
leader in design and engineering technology with unparalleled expertise in
design automation, data management and process optimization for the
manufacturing, engineering, building design and facilities management markets.
Headquartered in Owings Mills, Maryland, the company specializes in
consulting, software systems integration and implementation, standards
development and deployment, education and technical support. Avatech is one of
the largest integrators of Autodesk software worldwide and a leading provider
of PLM solutions. The company's clients include industry leaders from Fortune
500 and Engineering News Record's Top 100 companies.
Autodesk, Inc. is a Fortune 1000 company, wholly focused on ensuring that
great ideas are turned into reality. With seven million users, Autodesk is the
world's leading software and services company for the manufacturing,
infrastructure, building, media and entertainment, and wireless data services
fields. Autodesk's solutions help customers create, manage and share their
data and digital assets more effectively. As a result, customers turn ideas
into competitive advantage, become more productive, streamline project
efficiency and maximize profits.
Founded in 1982, Autodesk is headquartered in San Rafael, California. For
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