Most of the schools in or near Kansas City, MO, that have CAD drafting programs are for-profit institutions. Based on distinction and student population, the following college is considered a top school in the Kansas City area for CAD drafting programs:
- Winner: Johnson County Community College is one of two public institutions and the largest school within 15 miles of Kansas City in terms of enrollment that offers CAD drafting studies. Students can earn a certificate or an associate's degree in this field of study.
School Info Chart
|Category||Johnson County Community College|
|Distinction||Largest higher education institution in Kansas*|
|Location||Overland Park, Kansas|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $2,550 (in district); $3,000 (in state); $5,940 (out-of-state)**|
|CAD Drafting Programs Offered||Certificate and associate's degree|
|CAD Drafting Certificates and Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013||16**|
|Most Popular CAD Drafting Award in 2012-2013||Certificate (9 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||14%**|
|Noteworthy||CAD drafting studies are conducted in an on-campus Industrial Training Center, which offers up-to-date drafting equipment|
Sources: *Johnson County Community College; **NCES College Navigator
Johnson County Community College
- Internship opportunities in CAD drafting available
- Flexible course sequencing available to students of the CAD certificate program
- CAD drafting studies integrate classroom instruction with industry-standard projects and lab work
With an annual enrollment of nearly 20,000 students, Johnson County Community College offers more than 50 educational programs. The college offers a certificate and an Associate of Applied Science in CAD drafting and design.
Potential students of the Associate of Applied Science in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design program must be computer literate and have taken introductory courses in drafting and computer-aided design. Students learn to interpret and create drawings, problem-solve and use a number of specialized CADD software programs, such as Land Development Desktop and Mechanical Desktop Inventor. Other necessary classes cover fluid mechanics and 3-D CADD; electives provide further practice with spreadsheets and databases, and they also introduce surveying and cost-estimating methods.
The 1-year Certificate in Computer-Aided Drafting program is designed for working professionals with an engineering or drafting degree or those who need to become certified in computer-aided drafting. Prerequisites include a prior background in drafting or else satisfying a basic drafting course at JCCC. Students start out by learning computer fundamentals and then spend much of their program time in the lab, practicing hands-on computer-aided drafting skills. They learn the basics up through AutoCAD software training and mastery of 3-D design.