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m_ridzon
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Need training in AutoCAD

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12-19-2007 05:09 AM
Does anyone know of a place in Northeast Ohio/Western PA that teaches AutoCAD for entry-level CAD users? I have a friend who is interested in taking an AutoCAD course, but the only place he's found, is the local college and they want a gazillion dollars. Possibly, is there an online course offered anywhere?

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12-19-2007 06:15 AM in reply to: m_ridzon
There are no cheap good AutoCAD classes for beginners, and IMHO a beginner
needs hands-on introduction, not online tutorials.

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leonardlorden
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Re: Need training in AutoCAD

12-19-2007 07:10 AM in reply to: m_ridzon
I agree, not cheap or easy. Another thing to consider, does this person already have drafting skills? AutoCAD training teaches how to use the software in a drafting environment, not how to draft. Answering that question can help you pick the right classes you need.
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Re: Need training in AutoCAD

12-19-2007 07:16 AM in reply to: m_ridzon
m_ridzon wrote:
> Does anyone know of a place in Northeast Ohio/Western PA that teaches AutoCAD for entry-level CAD users? I have a friend who is interested in taking an AutoCAD course, but the only place he's found, is the local college and they want a gazillion dollars. Possibly, is there an online course offered anywhere?
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> M Ridzon
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What is "a gazillion dollars"? Here, our state pays half the tuition for
students going to community college where they teach many subjects. How
about OH or PA - do they do the same? Of course, your friend would have
to attend a community college in the state in which he lives.
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12-19-2007 07:53 AM in reply to: m_ridzon
Also check for adult night classes at the local High School.
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Re: Need training in AutoCAD

12-19-2007 12:27 PM in reply to: m_ridzon
There is the Pittsburgh Technical Institute in Oakdale, PA. It is just 15 min NE of Steubenville and 20 min NW of Pittsburgh. It is probably the best CAD school in the tri-state area.

There is also Triangle Tech in Erie, PA. Probably the second best school for CAD in the same area.

Then there is ITT. Either in Columbus or Pittsburgh whichever is closest. Not a very good school for CAD in my experiences with the graduates.

I will advise, tuition will not be cheap at any of these institutions compared to anything on line. You get what you pay for though, too.

Seek financial aid. There is plenty to be had out there and once accepted to the school, you can go into work study. Tutoring during your off time helps. You can maintain a part-time job attending these institutions too. Most of them hold half day class sessions 5 days a week.

From someone who followed this route for a change of career at 36yo, good luck! It isn't easy but can be done.
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