De la Gardie School (De la Gardiegymnasiet)
- Realized a 100-percent increase in the number of students applying for technical education
- Attracted larger numbers of students from other programs to CAD instruction
- Increased the number of CAD classes from one to five
- Provided students with important skills for the future
The De la Gardie School (De la Gardiegymnasiet) is the largest upper secondary school in Sweden with more than 1,800 students. Located in Lidköping, the school offers 15 national programs with a wide selection of individual variants. The traditional approach to technology edeuction for 16-to-19-year-old students in Sweden stresses technical concepts, which can be dull. The De la Guardie School wanted to attract more students to a technology eduction by integrating technology into the social studies curriculum and through the use of modern 3D CAD tools.
The De la Gardie School chose SolidWorks because administrators had confidence in the reseller and the people at SolidWorks Corporation. After implementing SolidWorks, the school experienced a dramatic registration increase, with twice as many students applying for the technical education program. With the additional of SolidWorks, students from other programs often take an elementary CAD course because they think using CAD is fun and will complement their main subjects. The number of CAD classes has jumped from on to five at the school since SolidWorks was implemented. One of the most appreciated features in SolidWorks is its visualization capabilities. With 3D design, training comes naturally and provides students with important skills they will help them in the future.