Designers, Engineers and Architects Can Receive Software, Training,
Certification and Other Company Resources to Help Extend Their Skills and
SAN RAFAEL, Calif., April 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Recognizing the
impact of today's economic challenges, Autodesk (Nasdaq: ADSK) is launching
the Autodesk Assistance Program. The Autodesk Assistance Program will provide
Autodesk customers and partners with design software tools, education and
resources that will help them to enhance, maintain and develop their 3D design
technology skills and remain competitive in the marketplace. The program will
offer free* student software term licenses, free online training and a path to
certification to unemployed architects, designers and engineers in all
"Everyone has been touched by the economic downturn," said Steve Blum,
senior vice president, Autodesk Americas sales. "Autodesk has a tradition of
supporting the needs of its customers and partners. The Autodesk Assistance
Program is a fast-tracked way for our customers to improve their productivity
and competitiveness during this challenging and volatile time by accessing the
multiple resources we offer them to best position themselves for the future."
Autodesk Assistance Program tools and resources will be made available
through an online portal, where users can access:
-- Free* Software License: Any 13-month term student license of AutoCAD,
Autodesk Revit Architecture, Autodesk Inventor Professional, and/or
AutoCAD Civil 3D software.
-- Free Online Training: On-demand training available 24 hours a day, 7
days a week provided online through vBooks - powered by Retrieve
Technologies, Inc. (internet access required)
-- Reduced-Cost Classroom Training: Many Autodesk Authorized Training
Center (ATC) partners are offering classroom training at their
training facilities for free or for a significantly reduced fee.
-- Certification: Certification preparation and exams are available at
discounted rates through Autodesk Authorized Certification Centers.
In addition to the Autodesk Assistance Program, Autodesk has partnered
with various industry organizations on local initiatives. For instance, the
new Autodesk office in Waltham, Mass., is teaming with the local Boston
Society of Architects to offer free volunteer-led immersion seminars on
building information modeling (BIM) to unemployed design professionals in the
Boston area. Autodesk resellers and Chief Information Officers from different
Boston-area companies are all pitching in to help teach the seminars. Seminar
attendees receive a free* Revit Architecture student term license, and can
also receive American Institute of Architects (AIA) continuing education
credit for the seminars.
Partners who participate in the Autodesk Assistance Program will be
designated as official Autodesk Assistance Program members on the program's
website. Offers for certification and classroom training will vary depending
on each ATC. Locate an Autodesk ATC in your area for details.
The Autodesk Assistance Program is being launched in North America. The
company hopes to roll the program out in other countries over the next few
months. Listen to Steve Blum discuss the program in a video on the Autodesk
Autodesk currently provides training and online resources to end users
through Autodesk University Online (AU Online), Autodesk User Group
International (AUGI), various online industry communities and the Autodesk
For more information about the Autodesk Assistance Program, please contact
your local reseller, or contact Autodesk directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit www.autodesk.com/assistanceprogram.
Autodesk, Inc., is a world leader in 2D and 3D design software for the
manufacturing, building and construction, and media and entertainment markets.
Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk has developed the
broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art Digital Prototyping solutions to help
customers experience their ideas before they are real. Fortune 1000 companies
rely on Autodesk for the tools to visualize, simulate and analyze real-world
performance early in the design process to save time and money, enhance
quality and foster innovation. For additional information about Autodesk,
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license agreement that accompanies download of the software.
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