Bridging Gaps in CTE: Connecting Students with Professionals
The attached album is small sample of the work produced by the Fall 2013 class in collaboration with local design professional Michelle Chiang. During the first half of the semester, students learned to research and analyze building information and develop standard drawings to represent existing conditions. Later, students developed design concepts and researched building materials to produce a set of drawings to communicate their design solutions in response to a set of design problems. For this project, students were tasked with determining an interior design solution for an elderly couple living on a fixed income that desired both a functional plan and a sustainable design. Students needed to balance form and function along with cost and sustainability to develop a complete plan and set of presentation documents to satisfy their client's needs.
The CAD Design Technician program at West Valley Occupational Center is focused on providing technical training and professional education to students and professionals of Architecture and Engineering Design. The Basics and Upgrade courses provide an Instructor-Led, blended learning experience through a real-world, project-based and problem solving approach.
Students learn typical business processes, develop skill sets and workflows for design communication through the development of 2D and 3D models and presentation documents. Upon completion of the program, students have a fundamental understanding of using multiple CAD systems for design visualization.