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Southeastern Community College Receives $1.7 Million Worth of CAD/CAM Software

Southeastern Community College (SCC) in Iowa has received a donation of CAD/CAM software valued at more than $1.7 million and will use it to train students in design and advanced manufacturing.

The CimatronE computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software is used by mold, tool and die makers, as well as manufacturers of discrete parts. SCC will integrate the software into the curriculum for its Associate of Applied Science in Computer Assisted Drafting and Advanced Manufacturing degrees.

"This will elevate the status of SCC among prospective students and employers as a college on the cutting edge of CAD/CAM," said Michael Ash, president of SCC, in a prepared statement.

Iowa is home to industries such as energy, pharmaceutical, food processing and plastics. According to Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), manufacturing is one the biggest industries in the state, and "the percentage of the state's GDP derived from manufacturing has consistently ranked in the top 10 in the country," she said in a prepared statement.

The donation to SCC is intended to foster future growth in the state's manufacturing industry by providing students from high school through college with training in CAD/CAM software to help meet "the increasing demand for manufacturing expertise by companies in Iowa," according to a news release from Cimatron.

SCC is based in West Burlington, Iowa, and has additional campuses in Keokuk, Fort Madison, Mount Pleasant and Burlington. The CimatronE software donation to SCC was facilitated by the Lee County Economic Development Group, which helps foster development and employment in the county.

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Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at leilameyer@gmail.com.

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