School and Ranking Information
Only two community colleges and one private, for-profit school offer CAD training programs for students within 50 miles of Grand Rapids. One of the community colleges was picked as the top CAD school in the area because of the number of programs it offered, its available facilities and career-relevant coursework.
- Winner: Individuals searching for a computer-aided design program in Grand Rapids, Michigan, can find courses in CAD drafting and design technology 45 miles away at Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC). Students can choose from associate's degree and certificate programs in CAD drafting and design.
School Info Chart
|Category||Kalamazoo Valley Community College|
|School Type||2-year; public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergraduate: $2,758 (in-district); $4,711 (in-state); $6,354 (out-of-state)*|
|CAD Technology Degrees Offered||Certificate; Associate's|
|CAD Technology Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013||50*|
|Most Popular CAD Technology Degree Level in 2013||Certificate*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||11%*|
|Noteworthy||CAD students have access to state-of-the-art software at KVCC's three separate computer labs**|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Kalamazoo Valley Community College
- The Texas Township Campus student computer lab provides free access to computers for training, e-mail and Internet access
- Students in the associate's program gain hands-on experience
- Drafting students can participate in optional internships
Nearly 11,000 students take courses at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. The college has three campuses around Kalamazoo, Michigan, with one more expected to be completed by fall 2015.
Students can prepare to become entry-level CAD operators through the CAD Specialist Certificate program. The 31-credit curriculum includes courses in technical drawing, descriptive geometry, mechanical technology and manufacturing trends. Students will use various software programs, such as AutoCAD, Inventor and SolidWorks.
The 63-credit Associate of Applied Science in Computer-Aided Design program teaches students about engineering graphics and mechanical design. Students take classes in mechanical testing, AutoCAD, production drafting, mold design and machine design.
Enrollees with previous experience in design and drafting who wish to upgrade their skills can qualify for the 9-credit Certificate of Achievement in AutoCAD program. Students study technical drawing and fundamental design, as well as take a course that specializes in AutoCAD.