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Northwood High School to Create Autodesk Computer Lab with Support from Three Local Businesses

November 16, 2022

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November 16, 2022

Originally Published:

August 23, 2022

Caption, from L–R: Assistant Principal Chad Van Huis, Computer Science Teacher Lea Ann Fisher, Lead Teacher Jody White, Continuous Improvement Manager Kyle Arnold (Beta), Marketing Coordinator Anne Mertens (Beta), Substation Designer Rilee Nichols (DTPS) and Marketing Manager Wendy Gintz (DTS)

As classes resume this school year, Northwood High School’s computer science program is continuing to expand. Beta Engineering, DIS-TRAN Packaged Substations (DTPS) and DIS-TRAN Steel (DTS) partnered to donate $6,000 to this innovative high school program in central Louisiana so the school can purchase the equipment it needs to set up an Autodesk computer lab.

This lab will provide students with a dedicated space where they can gain hands-on experience with Autodesk 3D modeling programs and equipment. Earlier this summer, the school saw its first group of students complete their Autodesk Inventor certifications, which is a credential many engineering and manufacturing companies are now seeking in drafters and engineers.

3D printer in Northwood’s current computer science lab prints blue vase as learning example

Lea Ann Fisher, who teaches Northwood’s computer science classes and is heading up the new computer lab, is excited to see this program growing. She wants to help her students connect what they are learning in her classes to career opportunities. She said that the certifications and experience students are gaining from the computer science program will set them up for success upon graduation and prepare them to enter the workforce.

In addition to supporting the launch of the new computer lab, Beta, DTPS and DTS are partnering to send team members from their companies to speak to Northwood’s computer science classes about STEM and power delivery industry topics throughout the school year. The three businesses are also planning to provide opportunities for job shadowing and visits to their offices and manufacturing facilities. Students will see firsthand what they can accomplish with their newfound modeling skills and the impact they can have on the industry.

About Beta

Beta Engineering is a private, family-owned engineering, procurement and construction company headquartered in Pineville, LA, with offices in San Diego, CA, and Canton, OH. Beta, DIS-TRAN Packaged Substations (DTPS) and DIS-TRAN Steel (DTS) are owned and operated by Crest Industries and are part of the Crest Industries® family of companies.

Beta has been building substation and transmission line projects for power delivery companies across the U.S. for more than 45 years. We have proven our ability to complete cost-effective, fast-track projects and have an exceptional record for safety, timeliness and overall quality. Our approach goes beyond winning a job; we seek to earn our customers’ trust and build long-term relationships. Over 75% of our projects during the past 20 years have been performed for repeat customers.

At Beta, we believe in cultivating a team that wins together and takes on the most challenging projects in the high voltage industry. View our current openings and apply today.

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Northwood High School to Create Autodesk Computer Lab with Support from Three Local Businesses

November 16, 2022

Updated:

November 16, 2022

November 16, 2022

Updated:

November 16, 2022

Originally Published:

August 23, 2022

Caption, from L–R: Assistant Principal Chad Van Huis, Computer Science Teacher Lea Ann Fisher, Lead Teacher Jody White, Continuous Improvement Manager Kyle Arnold (Beta), Marketing Coordinator Anne Mertens (Beta), Substation Designer Rilee Nichols (DTPS) and Marketing Manager Wendy Gintz (DTS)

As classes resume this school year, Northwood High School’s computer science program is continuing to expand. Beta Engineering, DIS-TRAN Packaged Substations (DTPS) and DIS-TRAN Steel (DTS) partnered to donate $6,000 to this innovative high school program in central Louisiana so the school can purchase the equipment it needs to set up an Autodesk computer lab.

This lab will provide students with a dedicated space where they can gain hands-on experience with Autodesk 3D modeling programs and equipment. Earlier this summer, the school saw its first group of students complete their Autodesk Inventor certifications, which is a credential many engineering and manufacturing companies are now seeking in drafters and engineers.

3D printer in Northwood’s current computer science lab prints blue vase as learning example

Lea Ann Fisher, who teaches Northwood’s computer science classes and is heading up the new computer lab, is excited to see this program growing. She wants to help her students connect what they are learning in her classes to career opportunities. She said that the certifications and experience students are gaining from the computer science program will set them up for success upon graduation and prepare them to enter the workforce.

In addition to supporting the launch of the new computer lab, Beta, DTPS and DTS are partnering to send team members from their companies to speak to Northwood’s computer science classes about STEM and power delivery industry topics throughout the school year. The three businesses are also planning to provide opportunities for job shadowing and visits to their offices and manufacturing facilities. Students will see firsthand what they can accomplish with their newfound modeling skills and the impact they can have on the industry.

About Beta

Beta Engineering is a private, family-owned engineering, procurement and construction company headquartered in Pineville, LA, with offices in San Diego, CA, and Canton, OH. Beta, DIS-TRAN Packaged Substations (DTPS) and DIS-TRAN Steel (DTS) are owned and operated by Crest Industries and are part of the Crest Industries® family of companies.

Beta has been building substation and transmission line projects for power delivery companies across the U.S. for more than 45 years. We have proven our ability to complete cost-effective, fast-track projects and have an exceptional record for safety, timeliness and overall quality. Our approach goes beyond winning a job; we seek to earn our customers’ trust and build long-term relationships. Over 75% of our projects during the past 20 years have been performed for repeat customers.

At Beta, we believe in cultivating a team that wins together and takes on the most challenging projects in the high voltage industry. View our current openings and apply today.

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