The Joliet Junior College Technical Department will host approximately 90 students from area high schoolsÂ in the 2015 Regional CAD/Drafting Competition on Friday, March 6 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet.
Â The contest, conducted by the Illinois Drafting Educatorsâ€™ Association,Â immerses 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.
Â â€śThis competition is a great experience for high school students thinking about studying CAD drafting in college,â€ť said Scott Boudreau, JJC CAD professor and IDEA Regional Director. â€śItâ€™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, itâ€™s a stepping stone to the state competition, and a way to see if theyâ€™re ready to compete at that level.â€ť
Â The state competition, which will include high school teams from all across the state, will be held at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois on April 11, 2015. The top prize in that competition is a $5,000 scholarship.
Â The high schools represented in the competition at JJC on March 6th include Plainfield South, Seneca, Lockport, Lemont, Ottawa, Joliet Central and Morris.
Â For more information about this event, call Scott Boudreau at (815) 280-2410.