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Dear editor,

Thank you for your article in the Dec. 25 Register regarding Computer Assisted Design (“Computer assisted design can help with remodeling, home improvements”). While the story highlighted the abilities to preview the finished materials, textures and colors of a given remodel, an equally important feature of pre-construction vitalization is identifying the conflicts in design, thereby solving them early to avoid delays in the building process. This can save tremendous time and money.

Good news: The ability to earn good money utilizing CAD and visualization technologies is available at Napa Valley College, and the program has a 100 percent placement rate for students completing as Associates of Science degree in digital design and graphics technology. The field is burgeoning and salary ranges are attractive. Students learn skills applicable to civil engineering, geographical information systems, architectural drafting and design, mechanical engineering, 3D animation for industry and video game design.

Digital design and graphics technology program enrollees range from students fresh out of high school, women who have raised a family and are re-entering the workforce, injured workers re-training for lighter work to people interested in changing careers.

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During the second semester, students create a Web site to showcase their projects, and some have received job offers from employers who have found their projects while searching the Internet.

Classes begin Jan. 17. To learn more about CAD and visualization technology classes, please visit our Web site at www.ddgt.net. To register for classes, visit the Napa Valley College Web Site at www.napavalley.edu.

Alan Skinner / Napa Valley College

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