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Student Orientation

Computer Hardware Recommendations

Please click here to learn the system hardware requirements for the software program(s) for your course(s).

We recommend that you have two monitors -- one which will display the VDCI Student Portal and the other will display the software program you are learning.

    Preparing for the VDCI Learning Experience

    All onsite and online students registered for their course will receive their “Welcome to Class” email on the Friday before their course begins. This allows students to set up their course folder on their local computer, download the required files, setup their software access, and become familiar with the VDCI Student Portal before the course formally opens on Monday.

    Setup Local Course Folder

    It is recommended that you keep all of your course materials in one folder. As such, it is preferred for our students to create a folder on their “Local C Drive” and that they populate the required VDCI files into that folder.

    Required Files

    Once a student has successfully logged into the VDCI Student Portal, they will be instructed to download the required data sets (project files) onto their computer. VDCI provides data sets that the student will work on in their course. Please save the ZIP file in your Download folder, and move the contents of the ZIP file into your Local Course Folder

    Dual Monitors

    It is recommended that you use two monitors when taking your courses at VDCI. You can use the software on one monitor and watch your course videos on the other monitor.

    Software Access

    Single Enrollment Students: Students signing up for a single course will follow the instructions to download the 30-day trial of their required software. Instructions on how to setup the software can be found inside the course materials within the Student Portal.

    Multiple course, Training Bundle and Technology Certificate Students: Students who are matriculating students at a nationally or regionally accredited College, University, or Trade School, or who are enrolled in California BPPE-approved and Nationally Accredited Program (VDCI multiple course, Training Bundle or Technology Certificate Program) are authorized by Autodesk to use the Autodesk software which is provided through the Autodesk Education Community software access program. Instructions on how to setup the software can be found inside the course materials within the Student Portal

    Autodesk Educational Community Software

    Access to the Autodesk Education Community Software is exclusively for Educational Purposes. Please visit the link, to learn the specifics about the Autodesk Education Community Software program. The following pertains:

    Autodesk Definition of Educational Purposes: Generally “Educational Purposes” means (i) in the case of a Qualified Educational Institution, Faculty or Other Authorized Educational Licensees, purposes directly related to learning, teaching, training, research and development that are part of the instructional functions performed by a Qualified Educational Institution or Other Authorized Educational Licensee and (ii) in the case of Students, purposes related to learning, training, research or development. “Educational Purposes” does not include commercial, professional or any other for-profit purposes. Please see the license agreement or terms of service that applies to the product or service you are licensing and/or using for all specific terms, conditions and definitions.

    If you satisfy the requirements provided in this afore-mentioned link, then you are entitled to use the Autodesk Education Software programs. Please note: When you completed the VDCI enrollment agreement, you confirmed having familiarized yourself with the terms of the Autodesk Education Software requirements.

    The following is the link to access the Autodesk Education Software.

    From the VDCI School Catalog

    Code of Student Conduct

    Students are always expected to behave professionally and respectfully. Students are subject to dismissal for breaches of security, any inappropriate or unethical conduct or for any act of academic dishonesty. Students are expected to dress and act accordingly while attending this institution. Students are respectfully requested to adhere to the student conduct codes identified in the section labeled “Dismissal Policies – Termination of Enrollment.” At the discretion of the school administration a student may be dismissed from school for reasons including, but not limited to the items identified above, in the section labeled “Dismissal Policies – Termination of Enrollment,” in particular:

    • Possession of drugs or alcohol.
    • Possession of a weapon on campus.
    • Behavior creating a safety hazard to other person(s).
    • Disobedient or disrespectful behavior to other students, an administrator or instructor.
    • Visiting inappropriate web sites.
    • Stealing or damaging the property of another.

    Any students found to have engaged in such conduct will be asked to leave the premises immediately. Disciplinary action will be determined by the CEO of this institution and such determination will be made within 10 days after meeting with both the chair of the department in which the student is enrolled and the student in question.

    Student Conduct and Terminations

    Student enrollment may be terminated by the following causes (which are included in the Code of Student Conduct):
    • Drug or alcohol abuse.
    • Violation of the Code of Student Conduct.
    • Failure to meet VDCI standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress.
    • Illegal appropriation of school property.
    • Any form of dishonesty intended to falsify test or grade results.
    • Other causes not stated but that clearly violate the VDCI Code of Student Conduct.
    • The use of any type of abusive or threatening language or the display of any type of threatening behavior towards another student, a VDCI staff member, a VDCI instructor, or a third party in any way connected with participation at VDCI.
    • Possession of firearms or concealed weapons on VDCI property.
    • Failure to pay tuition on time. This includes payments to VDCI and/or payments due on loans administered by third parties.

    • Students are expected to meet these policies and standards of behavior at any time when the student is on campus.