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TCHS receives in-kind software grant from Siemens PLM Software

Downingtown, PA - The Chester County Technical College High School (TCHS) Campuses recently received an in-kind software grant from Siemens PLM Software, with a commercial value of over $6.3 million. The Solid Edge® software provides students enrolled in the TCHS programs access to the same technology that companies around the world depend on every day to develop innovative products in a wide variety of industries including automotive, aerospace, machinery, shipbuilding, high-tech electronics and many more.

The in-kind grant was provided by the Siemens PLM Software’s academic program that delivers PLM software for schools at every academic level. TCHS is the only technical high school in Eastern Pennsylvania using Solid Edge in the classroom. The only other school in this region utilizing this software is Penn State Great Valley in its engineering program.

“It is a very exciting opportunity to have our students utilize the same technology that is currently used in advanced manufacturing settings in Chester County and across the Commonwealth,” said Dr. Kirk Williard, director of the Chester County Intermediate Unit’s (CCIU) Career and Technical Education division. “Siemens is an international company. Many of these software packages are utilized on a global perspective for the design and development of products.”

Siemens PLM Software is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services. The Solid Edge software is an intuitive prod­uct development platform for accelerating all aspects of product creation, including 3D design, simulation, visualization, manufacturing and design management.

Students in the TCHS Brandywine Electronics and Robotics program are currently using the Solid Edge sketching tools to do extrusions, revolves, cuts and holes. Other students are designing picatinny rail adaptors for the Criminal Justice and Police Science program. “Students are gaining experience in product design and practical applications,” said Electronics and Robotics instructor John Cilladi. “It’s nice to have a high-end CADD system available to our students. In the spring, students will have the option to design parts in Solid Edge that they will be able to print in the program’s 3D printer.”

Siemens was recognized at the February 16, 2016 CCIU Board of Directors meeting for their donation, which included training on the program for TCHS instructors. “We have a vested interest in using our technology, so we can help students better prepare for the workforce of today and tomorrow,” said Howard West, Siemens Digital Factory Division.

“Learning in the context of real-world projects helps students develop a stronger understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in an applied manner,” added Dora Smith, global director, Academic Partner Program, Siemens PLM Software. “This grant enables TCHS to provide their students with real-world experience by employing the same software and technology used by leading manufacturers, preparing them for rewarding STEM careers.”

Note: Solid Edge is a trademark or registered trademark of Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. All other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders.