SolidProfessor Expands Technology Grant Program to $10.5 Million
SolidProfessor, an online learning company focused on the tools and technologies used in engineering and design, last year provided more than $10.5 million in Technology Grants to schools, up from just over $3 million in the 2015-2016 academic year.
The middle schools, high schools, community colleges, universities, and other post-secondary institutions that received the Technology Grants in the 2016-2017 academic year were able to implement industry-leading curriculum at a fraction of the commercial cost to help their students learn the technical skills they need to be successful. SolidProfessor grew the program after seeing tremendous success with the schools that implemented the Technology Grant.
Matt May, Director of Sales at SolidProfessor, was thrilled to see the program grow. “The skills gap in STEM fields is a problem that we can help solve for our commercial customers by providing schools with top-tier learning resources. Students are looking for engaging multimedia content and will flock to programs that deliver more than a textbook learning experience. SolidProfessor helps instructors deliver cutting edge curriculum that will prepare students for in-demand careers.”
For the past decade, SolidProfessor has been at the forefront of the technology revolution that is transforming how people learn. Using the most advanced instructional design techniques, SolidProfessor delivers a world-class educational experience to young engineers, designers, architects, manufacturers, and fabricators. A rapidly growing library of courses provides students with learning paths to become proficient in 3D printing, computer-aided design, computer-aided manufacturing, building information modeling, and other engineering and technology fields.
Alcoa High School, a public high school that serves 9-12th grade students, used the Technology Grant Program. Shawn Kerr teaches all STEM courses at the school and he used SolidProfessor’s Technology Grant to help the school develop a consistent and rigorous STEM program. “We have industry in the area that uses SOLIDWORKS, so we decided that’s what we were going to offer so that kids would leave our high school and have the necessary experience. I was looking for a program last year - me being new to it - trying to find a good, cohesive way to teach CAD when I came across SolidProfessor’s Technology Grant Program.” Kerr implemented the program to resounding success.
Teachers and school administrators can apply for a SolidProfessor Technology Grant here: http://www.solidprofessor.com/technology-grant-program/
Students and parents can nominate their school for a SolidProfessor Technology Grant here: http://www.solidprofessor.com/student-ambassador/