The Illinois Drafting Educators Association (I.D.E.A.) held its annual statewide competition for high school students on March 1. Kishwaukee College was the site for the Region 4 competition. The I.D.E.A. competition is open to high school students enrolled in drafting programs offered through their high schools.
I.D.E.A. is a nonprofit professional education organization for the advancement of drafting education and drafting as a profession. Nearly 15,000 drafters are employed in Illinois with about 450 positions opening annually. The Computer Aided Design Technology department at Kishwaukee College boasts a nearly 100 percent employment placement rate for students.
The student drawings in each division were judged by members of the Kishwaukee College Computer Aided Design Technology Advisory Board and Kishwaukee College CAD instructor Mark Schwendau.
The students chosen as first place in each category were awarded plaques and both the first- and second-place winners will progress to the state competition at Illinois State University in Normal in April.
The local winners at the Kishwaukee College event were: Introduction to Board – Riley Jenner, first place, and Rebecca Whittenhall, second place; Introduction to CAD – Tyler Schambach, first, and Anna Willcox, second; Assembly Modeling CAD 3 – Ray Puckett, first, and Ben Rabe, second; Machine CAD – Sam Griebenow, first, and William Crozier, second; Architectural Board – Mason Lucca, first, and Amanda Murray, second; 2-D Architectural CAD – Francisco Marquez, first, and Michael Brzoska, second; 3-D Architectural CAD – Patrick Felver, first; and CAD Solid Modeling – Brian Gumino, first, and Sean Bensinger, second. These winners are all from Genoa-Kingston. The G-K team is coached by their teacher, Phil Jerbi.
For more information about I.D.E.A. or drafting/design as a profession, visit www.idea-online.org. For more information on the Computer Aided Design Technology program at Kishwaukee College, call 815-825-2086, ext. 3480, or visit the Kishwaukee College website at www.kishwaukeecollege.edu.