In 2007 SolidWorks Corporation teamed up with other leading design software providers to launch The CAD Academy®, a secondary and post-secondary pre-engineering and pre-architectural program designed to inspire a new generation of engineers and architects at a price educators can afford. The program bundles industry-leading design, engineering, and architecture software with curriculum, support, and multimedia content, all at a fraction of the cost of other design education packages a
"The CAD Academy is designed for school districts that need to increase opportunities for all students to apply math and science in relevant and compelling ways," said Marie Planchard, SolidWorks director of worldwide education markets. "It is a desperate need, as shown in recent studies that we in North America have a lot of ground to make up to sustain our competitiveness."
The CAD Academy addresses that need by helping middle and high school students in North America explore technology-oriented career paths through real-world projects that deepen understanding of science, engineering, architecture, and mathematics.
The CAD Academy software suite is bundled with comprehensive curriculum resources that are approved by the American Design Drafting Association (ADDA), the premier design drafting organization. It covers architectural, mechanical engineering, and civil engineering design, and is structured to support both new and highly experienced instructors, even if they've already developed their own curriculum.
Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp., a Dassault Systèmes S.A. subsidiary, is a world leader in 3D solutions that help millions of engineers and designers succeed through innovation.