Delcam has donated more than 1,000 Delcam University courses, with a total value close to $300,000, to the SkillsUSA partnership of students, teachers, and industry representatives working together to ensure that America has a skilled workforce.
SkillsUSA is a national organization serving teachers, and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled, and service occupations, including health occupations and further education. SkillsUSA, which was formerly known as VICA (the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America), helps every student to excel.
SkillsUSA programs also help to establish industry standards for job-skill training in the lab and the classroom, and to promote community service. SkillsUSA is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and is cited as a “successful model of an employer-driven youth development training program” by the U.S. Department of Labor. Full details are on the www.skillsusa.org website.
SkillsUSA programs include local, state, and national competitions, in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. At the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships, nearly 6,000 students compete in 99 occupational and leadership skill areas.
The Delcam University courses will be awarded to the top three participants in the automated manufacturing, CNC milling, CNC turning, and precision CNC machining competitions. The company is supporting 42 state-level student leadership and skills conferences being held at various dates between February 25, and May 3, 2014, as well as the National Leadership and Skills Conference to be held from June 23 – 27, 2014, in Kansas City.
Delcam will attend the national final to support the participants and to display Delcam’s software. The company will be the primary sponsor for the State Association Director’s Breakfast on June 27, 2014.
Delcam University provides online learning for students interested in a manufacturing career and for existing professionals looking to improve their knowledge and to become certified in Delcam’s software. Self-paced classes can be taken anytime, anywhere, with 24/7 access to Delcam University giving the flexibility to fit in qualifications around existing study and work commitments.
Current courses include:
- FeatureCAM 101: Introduction to 2.5D Milling
- FeatureCAM 102: Introduction to Turning and Turn/Mill
- FeatureCAM 201: Introduction to 3D Milling
- Delcam for Solidworks 101: Introduction to 2.5D Milling
- Delcam for Solidworks 102: Introduction to Turning and Turn/Mill
- Delcam for Solidworks 201: Introduction to 3D Milling
Delcam University is coordinated by Training Center Coordinator, Jeffrey Foster, who manages Delcam’s North American training center program. He holds an M.A. in English and his work experience includes employment as an instructor at the post-secondary level for more than five years. Along with his background in education, Foster also has more than a decade of experience in manufacturing and CAD/CAM programming.