2010-04-29 / Local & State

Keller Receives Certification

Tyler Keller, a Forbes Road student, recently received his second American Design and Drafting Association certification in mechanical design through the Fulton County Area Vocational Technical School Drafting & Design program. He received his first certification in architectural design on May 8, 2010.

Tyler is the first student to earn his ADDA certification in mechanical design and the first to earn both industry certifications.

The FCAVTS Drafting & Design curriculum, taught by Todd Wolford, 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.

FCAVTS students are reimbursed 100 percent of all associated testing fees with a passing test score for all industry tests.

The FCAVTS was recently awarded a grant to purchase a 3-D scanner for the drafting & design program. 3-D scanners analyze an object to collect data on its shape. The collected data can then be used to construct digital, three dimensional models useful for industrial design, reverse engineering and prototyping applications.

The FCAVTS would like to congratulate Tyler Keller for his accomplishments.

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