Roxbury Central School receives software grant for CADD purchase

The technology department at Roxbury Central School recently received $1,650 in funding grants to help purchase AutoCAD LT 2008 software for use by both junior and senior high school students.
Al Vigna, the school’s technology teacher, welcomed the new upgrade from a previous version obtained in 2000. As part of the school’s technology curriculum, students can create a wide variety of architectural and mechanical drawings. He stated, “Being able to make an entire drawing on the computer, along with the ability for fast and accurate changes, are some of the many advantages of using CADD verses the older drawing board, paper, and pencil technique.”
Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) software such as AutoCAD introduces students to a skill used by designers in the architecture, engineering, mapping, and manufacturing career fields. Two-dimensional technical drawings from the introductory level all the way up to commercial industry standards can be achieved. Roxbury Central School Superintendent Dr. Craig Carr, said, “Having state-of-the-art software will help us better prepare our students for the rigors of the 21st-century work force.”
The software purchase was made possible through donations from the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation and Lamont Engineers. Mike Harrington, Lamont’s president said, “We are pleased to give back to the Roxbury Community.” According to Principal O’Brien, “Its wonderful when outside organizations can team up with the school to further the educational experiences of our students.”