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SVHS Software Certification Success Story


Software Certification Success Story

 UCPS and Sun Valley High School have implemented a system for student success that includes software certification opportunities through Certiport for Autodesk AutoCAD, Revit Architecture, and Inventor as well as Adobe and Microsoft Office applications. This plan includes specific resources and roadmaps to success for preparation, a practice test, and a re-test if necessary, at no expense to the students. Software credentialing allows students the opportunity to validate their skills and differentiate themselves by encouraging certification with the industry standard Autodesk software.

This week Sun Valley High School senior Marco Nordstrand accomplished something that as far as it is known has never been accomplished before by any high school student anywhere before. Marco had previously received User Level software certifications for Autodesk AutoCAD and Revit. By demonstrating exceptional dedication, motivation, and drafting knowledge and skill he became the first high school student to pass two Professional level of certifications for Autodesk Revit. This impressive industry credential also reflects a dedicated effort by the teachers and administrative staff to prepare students for the 21st century global job market.  In addition to the fundamentals of Drafting and proficient use of current technology industry standard software, students at Sun Valley High School learn real world processes including Building Information Modeling (BIM), Virtual Design & Construction and Sustainable Design (LEED).

Marco is a remarkable student. He has raised the bar that other students are now trying to achieve. He already demonstrates a level of professionalism and dedication that any employer would be glad to have. He plans to graduate and start a career in the U.S. Navy as an engineer. Marco’s accomplishment has set a challenging example for others to follow.

There are roughly 15 million high school students in the United States, and although only those with an interest in Drafting, Engineering, Manufacturing, or the Design & Construction industries would attempt Autodesk certification, only 231 achieved this level of ‘professional’ certification. The fact is that approximately eighty percent of those students who prepare and attempt the test do not successfully pass it.

We are very proud of what the students here have accomplished. It is truly remarkable to see students have such a great opportunity to prepare for their future and learn practical real-world best practices through hands-on activities and instruction including critical soft skills and professional development.