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As the summer draws to a close and back-to-school season beckons, we at Autodesk have been thinking about the rollercoaster that the academic community—educators, students, parents—has ridden over the last few years and wondering: How do we return to normalcy, and most importantly, return to engaging today’s generation of students? While normalcy is a permanent […]
Founded in 1965, SkillsUSA is nonprofit organization that supports and grows the country’s workforce, imparting professional skills while addressing the very real skills gap that affects workers and employers alike. With a rigorous program, curricula, and credentialing process, SkillsUSA is working to ensure students graduate with the technical aptitude and soft skills needed for their […]
Somerset Community College (SCC) is uplifting its local community in rural Kentucky, empowering women in the workforce and creating opportunities for marginalized groups. SCC is pushing the boundaries of what a technical education could look like, broadening its impact by bringing additive manufacturing to everyone regardless of their gender, socioeconomic positioning, or background. This year, […]
Identifying Skill Gaps Digitization in manufacturing and construction, along with an aging cohort that will soon retire, has resulted in a decades-long shortage of skilled workers in these industries. An estimated 4.6 million manufacturing jobs will need to be filled in the next decade—the manufacturing and construction skills gap could leave 2.4 million positions unfilled […]
What are University Technical Colleges (UTCs)? In 2009, University Technical Colleges (UTCs) were established in the United Kingdom as STEM-focused, government-funded institutions advocating for a new approach to education. Their mission? To help students move beyond linearity into a more dynamic, do-it-yourself learning environment that focuses on the application (versus the theory) of skills. University […]
Imagine attending a university workgroup where at the end of every project, an airplane will be launched—where students come together to develop unmanned, partly autonomous aircrafts and participate in competitions around the world? Students in the Aachen Drone Development Initiative (ADDI) at RWTH Aachen University in Germany have made this a reality. Founded in 2018, […]
Autodesk has long been offering career-boosting certifications, committed to laying the groundwork for professional and academic learners to boost their careers with industry-relevant skills. People all over the globe have shared how these certifications have helped define their paths. But it’s astounding to hear how one person—a high-school student—was certified five times over—that’s a first. […]
Autodesk offers mentorship opportunities internally and to students, fostering connection and lifelong learning.
It’s that time of year where leaves turn and the motivation to finish out the semester inevitably goes into early hibernation for the winter. Adding the complexities of online or hybrid learning, students are facing real barriers to remaining engaged with their schoolwork as the semester winds down. This makes it more important than ever […]
Research shows how job trends will impact the skills required for students to enter tomorrow’s workforce.