Simulation & CAD
Case Study: Globe University Students Get More Bang for Their Buck with Creo
25 April 2013 | Team EACPDS
I remember quite well the anxiety of deciding what college I should attend. Like many, I knew I would be paying for it myself, and I wasn’t exactly fond of racking up thousands of dollars in student loans. It was absolutely crucial that I picked a school and a program that would bring me the most bang for my buck without sacrificing the quality of the education.
So many students are facing that same decision today. Although my career path was never destined for engineering, I did end up working with a company (EAC) that provides anything an organization needs to start or maintain an engineering group/department. This includes the education sector. One of our customers is Globe University, formerly known as the NTI School of Technology in Woodbury, MN.
The Globe staff has gone to great lengths to ensure that their students realize the benefits of a great education while providing it at a great value. Dan Podzimek, who heads the Drafting and Design program, ensures that their engineering students have the breadth and know-how to have successful careers by making sure they are well versed in relevant CAD solutions.
Unfortunately, many schools are teaching students how to use outdated software. This could be due to budget restrictions or simply that training for the educators is lacking. In any case, Podzimek and his colleagues realize the importance of teaching the most current and real world tools to prepare their students for the field.
Last year, the program switched from teaching PTC Pro/ENGINEER to PTC’s new platform, Creo Parametric. To accompany the upgrade Globe also adopted PTC’s Precision LMS (Learning Management System). The results were staggering. With the new CAD tool and teaching aide, they were able to cover 25% more course material.
I know myself well, and if someone came to me and said I could get 25% more out of this course versus that course, the decision would be a no brainer — and I am sure I’m not alone. I don’t know about you, but I’d say that’s 25% more bang for your buck!
Please comment below. Were the software tools taught in your college’s engineering program part of your school selection criteria?