TNCC Instructor Passes Autodesk Exams to Bring Certification Prep Courses to Computer Aided Drafting Students and Instructors

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) is the new hot spot for computer aided drafting instructors in Virginia thanks to Computer Aided Drafting and Design Program Head Tom Pringle. In January, Pringle passed the associate and professional Autodesk Certification exams for AutoCAD 2009 and Inventor 2009, two industry-revered drafting, modeling and digital prototyping software applications. Currently, he is the only instructor in Virginia qualified to teach the certification test prep courses for programs. He hopes to use his certification to help other instructors offer the prep course to their students.

TNCC became an official Autodesk Certified testing center in December.  Pringle works in conjunction with TNCC, the U.S. Department of Education and Ron Williams Ltd., a company that provides educational tools and training for secondary and higher education institutions in the Mid-Atlantic region, to proctor the test in Virginia. Establishing “the testing center, to me, was the smallest part. The bigger part was being able to teach the exam prep course,” Pringle said.