Two of the three Lexington schools providing CAD technology programs are for-profit institutions. Based on distinction, school type and number of awards granted in the field of study, the following college is considered a top school in Lexington for studies in CAD technology:
- Winner: Bluegrass Community and Technical College is the largest and only public institution in Lexington with programs in CAD technology. Students can choose from among four certificates, one diploma and one associate's degree program.
School Info Chart
|Category||Bluegrass Community and Technical College|
|Distinction||One of the largest community and technical colleges in Kentucky*|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $3,516 (in state); $12,156 (out-of-state)**|
|CAD Technology Programs Offered||Certificate and associate's degree|
|CAD Technology Certificates and Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013||28**|
|Most Popular CAD Technology Award in 2012-2013||Certificate (16 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||18%**|
|Noteworthy||Per a transfer agreement, graduates of the associate's degree program in computer-aided drafting and design earn 2 years' credit toward a bachelor's degree in manufacturing technology at Eastern Kentucky University*|
Sources: *Bluegrass Community and Technical College; **NCES College Navigator
Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC)
- Co-op education experiences in CAD drafting are available
- CAD technology training labs have updated hardware and software programs
- CAD technology programs combine lectures with hands-on training experiences
A 2-year public college, BCTC offers certificate, diploma and associate degree programs in over three dozen academic areas, ranging from cosmetology to surgical technology. BCTC belongs to the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and has six campuses, including three in Lexington, with an enrollment of more than 12,000 students. The Lexington Leestown campus offers the college's CAD technology programs.
Students in the 28- to 31-credit Civil Drafter Certificate program take introductory courses in computer-aided drafting and engineering graphics, as well as an upper-level math class. The program also includes a core of surveying classes and labs, covering such topics as construction surveying, survey drafting and surveying software applications.
The Detailer Certificate program requires from 14-21 credits, including 2-6 credits' worth of technical electives, such as building materials and construction, mechanical and electrical systems, and specification writing. Required courses cover beginning drafting and CAD, as well as engineering graphics.
Students in the 10- to 17-credit Drafter Assistant Certificate program complete a required introductory drafting course, in addition to choosing between a class in computer-aided drafting and one in engineering graphics. Students round out their curricula with technical electives. The college also offers the similar Computer Assisted Drafter Certificate program.
Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Diploma candidates must complete 53-58 credit hours, including 19-21 credits of technical electives. Core courses help students build their basic drafting skills, as well as introducing them to architecture and parametric modeling.
The Associate in Applied Science in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design program requires that students complete 65-70 credit hours, including general education courses. In addition to core courses in drafting, students choose from a variety of technical electives, such as advanced dimensioning, blueprint reading and estimating techniques.