3-D modeling students combine technology and entrepreneurship

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Students enrolled in West Virginia University at Parkersburg’s associate of applied science in 3-D modeling and simulation design program are learning valuable entrepreneurship skills along with their course content. For Valentine’s Day, students are selling 3-D printed roses on Thursday, Feb. 12 until 2 p.m. near the college’s activities center on campus. Roses are $5 each.

The funds raised through this initiative will help generate funds to support the 3-D modeling and simulation design program and provide the students an opportunity to learn business and marketing skills.

In this program, students become proficient in AutoCAD, 3DSMax, Inventor, Microstation and similar software in addition to foundational courses focusing on visual design, drafting and sketch rendering concepts. For this project, the students use a 3-D printer to print the roses and stems after designing the roses in AutoCad.

“Just learning the important skills for the job is not enough in today’s world,” said Dr. Rhonda Tracy, senior vice president for academic affairs. “Students must learn how to outsource their skills in a way that allows them to be self-sufficient and perhaps serve as catalysts for new businesses.”

Instructor for the program is Callix Miller and he can be reached at ude.puvwnull@rellim.xillac for any questions regarding enrolling in the program.

Upon completion of the program, students can apply their course credits to WVU Parkersburg’s bachelor of applied technology to gain business management skills. Visit wvup.edu/3D to learn more about the 3-D modeling and simulation design program.

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