2009-01-15 / Local & State

Vo-Tech Students Receive Certifications

Pictured above, left: Ethan Cunningham, instructor Todd Wolford and Justin Gordon. Pictured above, left: Ethan Cunningham, instructor Todd Wolford and Justin Gordon. Two students and the instructor from the Fulton County Area Vocational Technical School's drafting and design program participated in the American Design & Drafting certification examination on December 19, 2008. Ethan Cunningham, Justin Gordon and Todd Wolford (instructor) earned credentials as certified architectural drafters. The FCAVTS drafting and design curriculum is one of 11 programs in the state of Pennsylvania certified by the American Drafting & Design Association (ADDA). The accreditation process required the FCAVTS to undergo an extensive review of the school's programs, faculty, facility and academic requirements to obtain accreditation. Wolford, completed the accreditation process so that the training students receive at the FCAVTS aligns with business and industry expectations.

The ADDA curriculum is outlined in conjunction with the Department of Education and the Department of Labor. These guidelines were developed around the requirements of business and industry and the level of training that is necessary to employ a drafter. The ADDA has written architectural and mechanical drafting examinations to work with engineers and architects to assist in developing employment standards. When an employer hires an ADDA-certified drafter, they know that the new employee meets certification criteria and that they have demonstrated initiative and pride in the profession. The certification that the students receive can serve as a criterion for differentiating among candidates in an employment selection process. The ADDA certifications also serve the FCAVTS as a supplementary measurement of a student's performance on a recognized national level.

A second examination will be scheduled for drafting and design students in the spring. The cost of the architectural and mechanical examinations is $100 each. The FCAVTS reimburses students 50 percent of all testing fees with a passing score.

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