Area High School Students to Compete in CAD/Drafting Competition March 7

Approximately 125 students from area high schools will participate in the 2014 Regional CAD/Drafting Competition on Friday March 7 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., hosted by the Joliet Junior College Technical Department on the Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet.

The contest, conducted by the Illinois Drafting Educators’ Association, is meant to immerse high school students in a challenging and competitive design experience that tests their skills and prepares them for the state competition.

Students will be tasked with different designs such as mechanical machine parts and architectural floor plans, categories chosen by their high school teachers. After the submissions are judged by industry professionals, prizes are awarded for each category. The first and second place winners are eligible to proceed to the state competition.

“This competition is a great experience for high school students thinking about studying CAD or drafting in college,” said Scott Boudreau, JJC CAD professor and IDEA Regional Director. “It’s a fun way for them to be challenged and get creative, while at the same time learning some of the things that will be involved with studying CAD at the college level. Plus, it’s a stepping stone to the state competition, and a way to see if they’re ready to compete at that level.”

The state competition, which will include high teams from all across the state, will be held in Springfield on April 12. The top prize in that competition is a $5,000 scholarship.

The high schools represented in the competition at JJC on Marc 7 include Plainfield South, Coal City, Reed-Custer, Seneca, Lockport, Lemont, Ottawa, Rich Central, Joliet Central, Joliet West, Streator and Bolingbrook.

For more information about this event, call Scott Boudreau at (815) 280-2410.

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