Let’s face it. Not everyone is going to go on and be the next Mark Zuckerberg or some other wonder kid who launches a startup while still in school, only to become a successful business person in a few short years. While there are innovators out there of all ages, ranging from kids running their own businesses to forming technology startups, this is just a small percentage of the population.
Providing students of all ages with access to vocational and CAD architectural drafting courses in public schools provides access to fun, exciting, and rewarding careers for students who might otherwise wander aimlessly around and not figure out what they want to be “when they grow up,” until they are already young adults and getting ready to graduate college with a degree they will never use.
Drawing, drafting, and vocational educational courses used to be rather popular curricula in public schools all across the country. In the 1980s and 1990s, many schools started doing away with these programs because they were not considered an essential part of core competencies students needed as part of the K-12 educational path.
However, in more recent years, schools have once again started to understand the importance of these types of courses and learning being offered to students. Today there are many school districts that have gotten on board with “STEM” (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) programs and, once again, are making them available to students of all ages.
Part of the reason for this resurgence of career path learning options has to do with the types of technological advantages kids today have at their fingertips. Students today did not grow up in a time without the Internet, computers, or cellphones. They have had access to these technologies their entire lives, not to mention access to content online and while on-the-go, for anything that interests them.
With access to free applications, online chat forums, and other resources, students already have had access to the building blocks they need to get started in drawing, design, architecture, or other vocations. All that was left was getting the practical and hands-on experience they required, in an educational setting, from an expert in the field.
Due to these influences, this is one of the reasons why more and more schools are departing from traditional education courses that essentially teach students how to pass standardized tests, to STEM-based classes, which teach students valuable skills for their future careers.
In addition, exposing students to STEM courses during their K-12 education helps them determine a career path and start finding colleges, technical schools, and universities offering programs in their desired career.
Here at Q-Cad, we support STEM programs and educational opportunities for students of all ages, and look forward to seeing how students today are going to transform into the engineers, architects, scientists, builders, and designers of tomorrow.
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