A Nationally Accredited Educational Institution

VDCI History


  • 1977

    Al Whitley began his career as a U.S. Naval Supply Corps Officer ... but ... he always wanted to be an architect.

  • 1984

    When he left the Navy, his first architectural employer hired him because of the strong computer skills he had learned while he was in the Navy. Al was one of the first ten architectural interns in San Diego to use AutoCAD. The fact that someone took a chance and hired Al is one of the fundamental reasons that Al ultimately created VDCI -- to help other people pursue their dreams & provide opportunities for them to succeed.

  • 1991

    Al Whitley, MBA, AIA had become a licensed architect and earned his MBA. Two weeks after earning his MBA, he began to develop the AutoCAD curriculum for the University of California San Diego. An avid talker (OK, there are times when he never shuts up), Al realized that he truly enjoyed sharing his skills and the capabilities of CAD technology.

  • 1997

    Al founded cadteacher as an extension of the client support services of his AIA award-winning San Diego-based architectural practice, Whitley Consulting Group. Many of the students were (and continue to be) San Diego-based architects, engineers and contractors who want to know how to most effectively and appropriately use AutoCAD, Revit and other software programs in their offices.

  • 2002

    cadteacher and UC San Diego integrated their educational programs. cadteacher continued to develop as an independent educational institution.

  • 2006

    cadteacher was approved as an Autodesk Authorized Training Center. cadteacher was approved to be an AIA (American Institute of Architects) Continuing Education Provider.

  • 2008

    cadteacher was approved and licensed by the State of California Bureau for Private Post-secondary Education (BPPE).

  • 2010

    cadteacher launched its online curriculum with a powerful Learning Management System (LMS) and Student Information System (SIS). The online curriculum was approved by the State of California Bureau for Private Post-secondary Education (BPPE). All of cadteacher's online Autodesk courses were approved by Autodesk for eLearning.

  • 2011

    cadteacher updated its name to reflect the Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) technology skills which are taught -- Virtual Design & Construction Institute (VDCI).

  • 2016

    VDCI became nationally accredited. VDCI was the first organically-grown, nationally-accredited CAD & BIM institution in North America. VDCI was also the first nationally-accredited Autodesk Training Center in North America. VDCI reports to the U.S. Department of Education (DOE), the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and to the Accreditation Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET).

  • 2020

    Sadly, Al Whitley passed away peacefully and unexpectedly. VDCI established the Al Whitley Memorial Scholarship Fund. VDCI, under the leadership of David Sellers as CEO, alongside a talented staff, is rededicated to the mission of VDCI: Providing Career Education for the Advancement and Employment of A/E/C Professionals.

  • Today

    VDCI continues to develop our curriculum to best serve our students' career education goals. One of our strengths is the strong student engagement between our students and their instructors, and also within our student community. Our institution is the Leading Autodesk Training Center in North America. We also continue to be closely aligned with UC San Diego.