Autodesk Teams Up with SkillsUSA to Offer Learning Resources for the Next Generation of Innovators

Published: May 17, 2022
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Collaboration offers training for SkillsUSA instructors and free access to Autodesk software

Leesburg, Va. — SkillsUSA is proud to welcome Autodesk Inc. as a national partner. Autodesk is changing how the world is designed and made. Its technology spans architecture, engineering, construction, product design, manufacturing, media and entertainment, empowering innovators everywhere to solve challenges big and small. Through this collaboration, SkillsUSA students and advisors will have access to Autodesk’s professional-level software, like Autodesk Fusion 360, a powerful cloud-based 3D design, engineering and manufacturing tool that combines CAD, CAM, CAE, and PCB design on one platform. SkillsUSA advisors will also receive access to trainings, delivered both in-person and virtually. Training workshops are taught by Autodesk Learning Partners and include introductions to topics like Fusion 360, CAM and Generative Design. In addition, Autodesk will be on-site at the 2022 National Leadership & Skills Conference in Atlanta with a booth in the manufacturing area of SkillsUSA TECHSPO and will be hosting an “Intro to Engineering in a Box” workshop as part of SkillsUSA University. The session will focus on a start-to-finish workflow that teaches participants how to design, simulate and manufacture a part capable of withstanding real-world use. Instructors will leave with course curriculum to integrate into their classrooms and use with their students. “After a successful Autodesk presentation last year during SkillsUSA’s Technical Fridays on Generative Design tools in Autodesk Fusion 360, we are thrilled to expand the offerings that Autodesk provides to our instructors,” said SkillsUSA Executive Director Chelle Travis. “This type of training keeps our instructors up-to-date with current industry technology which, in turn, helps them graduate students ready for further education or entry into a career.” Kyra Ward, senior manager, Autodesk Learning Partner Channel at Autodesk said: “Autodesk shares the vision of SkillsUSA — to produce the most highly skilled workforce in the world. Together we are helping students digitize their skillsets and preparing the next generation of innovators for the Future of Work.”

About SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is a nonprofit partnership of education and industry founded in 1965 to strengthen our nation’s skilled workforce. Driven by employer demand, SkillsUSA helps students develop necessary personal and workplace skills along with technical skills grounded in academics. This SkillsUSA Framework empowers every student to succeed at work and in life, while helping to close the skills gap in which millions of positions go unfilled. Through SkillsUSA’s championships program and curricula, employers have long ensured schools are teaching relevant technical skills, and with SkillsUSA’s credentialing process, they can assess how ready potential employees are for the job. SkillsUSA has members nationwide in high schools, colleges and middle schools, covering over 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, and is recognized by the U.S. departments of Education and Labor as integral to career and technical education. We have served more than 14 million members since 1965. For more information: www.skillsusa.org.

SkillsUSA Contacts

Jane Short or Karen Kitzel 703-777-8810 jshort@skillsusa.org or kkitzel@skillsusa.org

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