Students Receive Drafting Certifications
Three students from the Fulton County Area Vocational Technical School's drafting and design program participated in the American Design & Drafting certification examination on May 8, 2009. Justin Copeland, Tyler Keller from Forbes Road and Tyler Nero from the Central Fulton School District earned credentials as certified architectural drafters. he FCAVTS Drafting & Design curriculum is one of 11 programs in the state of Pennsylvania certified by the American Drafting & Design Association. The accreditation process required the FCAVTS to undergo an extensive review of the school's programs, faculty, facility and academic requirements to obtain accreditation.
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.
The FCAVTS is in the process of aligning all vocational programs with an industry accreditation. Currently students are reimbursed 50 percent of all testing fees associated with testing. Beginning in the 2009- 2010 school year, students will be reimbursed 100 percent based on a passing test score for all industry tests.
The Joint Operating Committee recently purchased a 3-D printer for the drafting and design program. 3D printing is a unique form of fabrication that is related to traditional rapid prototyping technology. A threedimensional object is created by layering and connecting successive cross sections of material. A grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry was awarded to the FCAVTS for partial payment of the stateof the-art piece of equipment.