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Advanced Manufacturing Careers Pathways Grant

You may be eligible for a grant to cover tuition and fees while you earn your degree!

Students who are at least 18 years of age and are planning careers in the Computerized Drafting and Design field may be eligible for a grant that will cover the cost of tuition and other fees for two years of full-time study needed to earn an associate's degree. Contact Bill Rotenberg, Advanced Manufacturing Career Navigator, to help determine your eligibility and aptitude.

Those selected for the grant program will be eligible for up to $8500 to cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and other related expenses. This grant does not have to be re-paid!

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Even as traditional drafting techniques evolve with computerization, drafting remains a major communication medium among designers and engineers. Drafters prepare drawings with precision to communicate ideas and instructions for others to follow in the fabrication of products. Advanced technology is revolutionizing the profession and expanding the possibilities of the drafting industry. Drafting professionals are in a vital position to add value to the design and fabrication process and to enhance the quality of an end product, part, or system.

Genesee's Computerized Drafting and Design program prepares you to perform this role in a variety of entry-level jobs in engineering, architecture, manufacturing and in construction settings.

You will learn the fundamentals of manual drafting and prepare for a future dominated by computer-assisted drafting (CAD) methods. The program and facilities provide the optimum learning experience by developing your skills and abilities in both traditional drafting techniques as well as in Genesee's new computer graphics laboratory, where you will explore a range of CAD software.

In Genesee's associate degree program you will have the chance to study different areas of drafting, and then specialize in your second year on a selective portfolio drawing. You can participate in cooperative work experiences, sharpening your drafting skills in actual work situations.

Completing drafting course work and general education requirements at both the degree and certificate levels opens many employment possibilities.

The A.A.S. program prepares graduates for employment as detailers, senior drafters, junior designers, checkers, CAD technicians and design drafters.

The certificate program prepares students with skills to work as technical support personnel.

Please note: The Computerized Drafting and Design Certificate program requires more than two semesters to complete because of the sequential prerequisites of courses. Students can apply their courses toward the A.A.S. in Drafting.

Suggested Prerequisites: Industrial technology, mathematics emphasizing geometry, trigonometry, descriptive geometry and basic math.

Program Articulation: Rochester Institute of Technology for Manufacturing Engineering Technology (upper level math required); Fashion Institute of Technology for Toy Design program (special requirements need to be completed, Drafting requirements will be completed); SUNY Buffalo State for Technology Education program, Technology program, and Mechanical Technology program.

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