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Southeastern to offer workforce development program

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s Division of Extended Studies, in partnership with the Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology, will offer a workforce development program at the Hammond main campus for area residents this spring with two classes in drafting and mechanical design.
     Designed to accommodate non-traditional students looking for a career change or skill upgrade, the courses will be taught by associate professor of Industrial Technology Michael Beauvais. Members of the community may receive registration information from the Extended Studies Web site at
     The courses are offered in the evening as a career exploration or professional development opportunity. Participants will earn five continuing education units for Technical Drawing 101 with AutoCAD or six continuing education units for Autodesk Inventor 2010 Essentials.
     Persons over 60 will receive a 15 percent discount and alumni with an active Alumni Association membership card qualify for a 10 percent discount.
     “The evening courses were designed to address the needs of those individuals who would like to enter the growing technical field but have not had the opportunity to acquire the necessary skills due to work or family commitments,” said Joan Gunter, assistant vice president for extended studies.
     The spring 2010 workforce development courses offered in the evening on Southeastern’s main campus are:
     Technical Drawing 101 with AutoCAD - a 50 hour hands-on basic drafting course that meets Mondays from Jan. 25 through May 24 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. using AutoCAD 2010 to teach participants fundamental drafting and CAD skills that can be applied to all types of design drafting. A one-year AutoCAD 2010 license is included in the $800 tuition. The course begins to provide participants foundation knowledge to pass the American Design Drafting certification exam. Topics covered include: sketching, AutoCAD basics, AutoCAD dimensioning, dimensioning mechanical and architectural drawings, isometric drawings, section views, AutoCAD blocks, and mechanical and architectural drawings.
     Autodesk Inventor 2010 Essentials - a 60 hour hands-on class that meets on Wednesdays from Jan. 20 to May 19 from 6 to 10 p.m. in which participants learn how to use the industry standard parametric software to create parts and assembly models, document their designs with drawing views, and automate the design process. Participants, who should have a working knowledge of basic mechanical design and Microsoft Windows, will learn Inventor 2010 basic and advanced features. Topics covered include: sketching, constraining and dimensioning, creating and editing drawing views, creating and documenting assemblies, advanced part modeling techniques, iComponents and parameters, advanced assembly modeling, sheet metal design and welded components. Tuition is $750.
     For more information and a complete list of course offerings, contact the Division of Extended Studies at 1-800-256-2771 after Jan. 4, or visit their Web site at

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