First class of SolidWorks students graduate

NORWALK - The Cerritos College Engineering and Design Technology Department honored 34 students who successfully passed the Certified Solidworks Associate (CSWA) Certification Exam.Beginning the fall 2012 semester Cerritos College became a CSWA certification exam provider. In the engineering industry CSWA certification is regarded as a proof of SolidWorks expertise - proficiency in operating the latest edition of the SolidWorks 3D parametric CAD software and performing complex tasks of creating parts, assemblies and drawings. The first generation of Cerritos College CSWA professionals successfully passed the rigorous three-hour examination, and joined the pool of 40,000 professionals nationwide who distinct themselves with this certification. The 2012 Class of CSWA consisted of students of various age, educational background ranging from high school students to master's degree holders, and with a variety of work experiences ranging from none to senior-level professional engineers. The youngest CSWA in the first generation of Cerritos College students who took the exam was 12-year-old Abanoob Teddawis who plans on completing his associate degree in engineering design technology at the same time he graduates from high school. "The Cerritos College Department of Engineering Design Technology is one of a few community colleges in Southern California where you can earn this internationally recognized certificate with no additional costs. We have developed new curriculum for our parametric modeling courses which prepares students for the exam," said Dr. Miodrag Micic, Sc.D., Ph.D., M.T.M, engineering technology instructor at Cerritos College and vice president of MP Biomedicals, LLC. In the spring 2012 semester Cerritos College will offer an advanced SolidWorks class in which students will work toward passing an advanced certification, Certified SolidWorks Professional certification exam, and earned a title of CSWP. "In the near future, we would like to offer standard certifications for other popular CAD systems, such as CATIA, Inventor and AutoCAD as well," said Dr. Yannick Real, Instructional Dean of Technology Division at Cerritos College. For more information visit or contact Dr. Micic at or (562) 860-2451 ext. 2910.

********** Published: January 10, 2013 - Volume 11 - Issue 39