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Student Success Stories

Every student has their own unique path when they decide to tap into the latest technologies used in the construction industry. We’ve asked a few of our graduates from our Technology Certificate Programs and Training Bundles to discuss themselves, their careers, and how they are applying their CAD and BIM knowledge and skills in the real world.



  • Mark W Babcock



    Mark W Babcock

    Share where you were before you enrolled with cadteacher/VDCI:
    I've always liked the design aspect of things and I'm headed toward that.

    What concerns did you have before enrolling with VDCI?
    I was concerned if I had enough knowledge about computers to be able to complete the course. It actually was quite easy because of the way everything is presented.

    What course(s) did you take with VDCI?
    I took multiple courses. I bundled a few just because of the hours that I had been working and I did not know if I could work straight through the AutoCAD program. I did. The flexibility that VDCI offers fit my schedule.

    What did you like most about the course(s) you took with VDCI, and why?
    I like how VDCI presents the information for the course. I like being able to see how things work and watching the video and then drawing is great for me. I take in more information seeing and doing.

    Share some tangible results you got:
    I now have the working knowledge of AutoCAD so I can draft prints in the design industry.

    Share where you are now:
    I'm practicing with the software and prepping for the certification exam and I'll be taking some 3D stuff in the near future.

    Would you recommend VDCI to a friend or colleague?
    Yes I would. The flexibility VDCI offers and how the courses are taught makes learning a complex program easy.

  • Arshad Kamel



    Arshad Kamel

    Share where you were before you enrolled with cadteacher/VDCI:
    I was not enrolled in any school. I was looking for a job.

    What concerns did you have before enrolling with VDCI?
    I was not able to find a job because of the lack of skills and experience. I learned a lot from the trainings that I took at VDCI | cadteacher and built good skills. I also earned my EIT certificate which was another achievement that helped me to get the job that I wanted.

    What course(s) did you take with VDCI?
    I enrolled in two certificate programs. The first was the CAD/BIM and the second was the Civil 3D. I chose those programs because they are the industry standards in the design and drafting field.  I knew that gaining those skills will raise my chances to get a job in the engineering field.

    What did you like most about the course(s) you took with VDCI, and why?
    I liked many things starting from the instructors, the environment, the materials they covered, and the variety of the classes.

    Share some tangible results you got:
    I gained good knowledge in all the classes that I took and was able to apply the new skills in the Civil Engineering field after getting my first job ever in the US.

    Share where you are now:
    Assistant Engineer-Civil/City of San Diego/Public Works.

    Would you recommend VDCI to a friend or colleague?
    Yes. You will learn what you need fast and achieve your goals if you work hard. In addition VDCI | cadteacher is now nationally accredited so you can get credit for all your classes.

  • Erin Kelly



    Erin Kelly

    Share where you were before you enrolled with cadteacher/VDCI:
    A career in drafting, either in architecture or elsewhere. I was hired by my father to begin a large project to draw (on CAD).  All the beer towers, walk-in coolers, and various restaurant layouts for his company. I enrolled at VDCI to learn the basics of how to do everything he needed. He bought the software for his company with big hopes I'd be able to deliver, so there was a bit of pressure there!

    What concerns did you have before enrolling with VDCI?
    I was concerned that it was either going to be too fast paced, not fast enough, or that it wouldn't teach me about architecture at all. Turns out, the class was the perfect pace and I got the hang of it. I learned about the software.  The program focuses on the technology, not on "what is architectural design." 

    What course(s) did you take with VDCI?
    I took the CAD 101, CAD 201 and CAD 301 training bundle because it was the most affordable and I felt that those three courses were enough for what I needed.

    What did you like most about the course(s) you took with VDCI, and why?
    Learned how to do things CORRECTLY, learned shortcuts, new skills - versus learning from an employee somewhere who is sloppy and cuts corners. It was a good introduction and I feel pretty proficient now.

    Share some tangible results you got:
    My employer purchased the CAD software with high hopes of me being able to deliver, and was very satisfied and proud of the work I put forth. To this day I do freelance work as well as work for my employer on CAD.

    Share where you are now:
    Working at the same company I was before CAD.  I am now a junior project manager. I manage a variety of projects and about 90% of them require some CAD work from me.

    Would you recommend VDCI to a friend or colleague?
    I think so! The school's strength is in teaching the technical applications of the software used in the architecture and interior design professions -- like AutoCAD and Revit.

  • David March



    David March

    Share where you were before you enrolled with cadteacher/VDCI:
    I've been working in architecture for about 25 years and a few years ago I started working at a new firm and I needed to learn Revit. Before enrolling with VDCI I hadn't taken any classes since 1990.

    What concerns did you have before enrolling with VDCI?
    I didn't really have any major concerns. Was just hoping I could learn what I needed to. I learned enough to get familiar with Revit and continue to learning more outside the VDCI lessons on my own.

    What course(s) did you take with VDCI?
    BIM 101, BIM 201, BIM 301, and BIM 302. The individual classes seemed to work well for me because I'm never sure what my schedule will allow me to do.

    What did you like most about the course(s) you took with VDCI, and why?
    I liked the way the classes were structured to walk me through putting together a set of construction drawings. The videos were very helpful and seemed to work well for my style of learning. It's great that they let me have access to the videos after the class ended. 

    Share some tangible results you got:
    Although I still use my CAD software for most of my work and I'm able to help my co-workers with their projects when needed.

    Share where you are now:
    I'm still working for the same architecture firm and look forward to doing more projects in Revit.

    Would you recommend VDCI to a friend or colleague?
    Yes I would recommend VDCI. I like the flexibility of completing the course on my schedule and the price is good.

  • Christopher Real



    Christopher Real

    Share where you were before you enrolled with cadteacher/VDCI:
    I was between work in the architectural field. I had been out of work for a while and my CAD skills atrophied. I needed an update on my skills and to learn BIM.

    What concerns did you have before enrolling with VDCI?
    I wanted to make sure my work would lead to a better chance at getting hired as a productive member of an architectural team. My training at VDCI has improved my skill sets to work in architecture and other disciplines related to the architectural field.

    What course(s) did you take with VDCI?
    BIM Technology Certificate Training Bundle. I started with Revit BIM, CAD, Blueprint Reading, Intermediate CAD, Sketchup and Photoshop.

    What did you like most about the course(s) you took with VDCI, and why?
    You know I think I really know AutoCAD but the method of instruction was great. I was able to go at my own pace and start or stop instructions (videos) as necessary. I could see the correlation between the various programs that I might not have seen when working for a specific firm.

    Share some tangible results you got:
    With the knowledge learned from VDCI, I was able to take control of the Photoshop program and make it work for me, to help me put my resume together. Another program was Sketchup. I didn't know anything about SketchUp. Wow. I like that there is a program that we can use for smaller projects that is more organic than CAD or Revit BIM for that matter. I have made the most professional impact at this point with my Photoshop skills.

    Share where you are now:
    I am assisting clients in completion of project renderings for their designs. I am working on self-directed instruction on the new 2016 CBC.

    Would you recommend VDCI to a friend or colleague?
    I would certainly recommend making use of VDCI for furthering knowledge of the software in use today in the architectural fields.

  • Eddie Villaruz



    Eddie Villaruz

    Share where you were before you enrolled with cadteacher/VDCI:
    I was a Director of Deign with all the firms I have worked with: 21 years with Barry Berkus in Santa Barbara; 4 years with Delta Engineers and Architects in New York a 235 man office. So, I was very good in programming, design and rendering by hand. I was never allowed near a computer since I was more conceptual.

    What concerns did you have before enrolling with VDCI?
    I was very nervous, I would not learn or understand quickly enough since your courses were basically one month or so. But, the instructors were very good. I was the guy always raising my hand since, I did not know anything about computers, almost like; I have never learned how to swim and began learning in the ocean. But, the courses gave you the ability to go back until you learned it, which I did a lot but was very helpful. And once I got the process down, I felt I excelled and with 28 years of architectural experience I was able to do some fun projects.

    What course(s) did you take with VDCI?
    Revit (all courses,Architectural, Electrical, Mechanical and PFC 501, my own project).
    3ds Max (two courses)  I wish you had more courses which got into more project oriented.
    SketchUp (two courses),
    I really like Revit.

    What did you like most about the course(s) you took with VDCI, and why?
    I really enjoyed Revit but that was something I really have not used as of yet, since I am more design oriented and not construction document oriented. SketchUp, I really enjoyed and have excelled with and made money with many clients. I have created my own "get it done" steps, which are possibly a little different than the norm.  It's great. 

    Share some tangible results you got:
    I enjoyed 3ds Max but I have not used it since it tends to take too much time to get a finished product. SketchUp, I have used a lot and then taught myself to use Layout. Now, I am so fast with SketchUp that I am using it preferable over hand rendering.

    Share where you are now:
    I currently consult with a couple firms as a design consultant.

    Would you recommend VDCI to a friend or colleague?
    I constantly recommend VDCI since it has changed how I do architecture. I currently have many tools for a client which makes me more valuable and I am not a dinosaur on computers anymore.

  • Shoshana Weber



    Shoshana Weber

    Share where you were before you enrolled with cadteacher/VDCI:
    I had been working in business administration and have always had a passion for design. I found cadteacher | VDCI while researching various schools where I could learn computer software and gain valuable skills necessary in the field of architecture and interior design.

    What concerns did you have before enrolling with VDCI?
    As someone with no experience in architecture I was concerned the classes may be difficult for me. As I was enrolled in a certificate program, I started with beginning courses and they were well developed to help me understand the drafting and project documentation process.

    What course(s) did you take with VDCI?
    I enrolled in the architectural CAD/BIM Technology Certificate and took a number of courses in AutoCAD, Revit, Navisworks and 3ds Max. Beginning the program with AutoCAD allowed for a basic foundation of architectural drafting and what is required of the drawings. Then moving forward it was exciting to take Revit courses and get a feel for how technology has advanced as you are able to draw more automatically and to see everything in 3D. Truly terrific.  Furthermore, being able to learn the engineering side of construction documents as well in the more advanced courses allowed for me to have a thorough grasp on the different aspects of the construction process. As I have a passion for design it is great to be able to produce high quality renderings with Revit and 3ds Max.

    What did you like most about the course(s) you took with VDCI, and why?
    I had a great experience at VDCI | cadteacher and have been able to learn a lot of information in a short amount of time. The layout of the classes are well thought out and fast paced in order for the student to get the most out of the course. The instructors are knowledgeable, helpful, the classes run smoothly and are fun to follow along with.

    Share some tangible results you got:
    I am now confident in my computer skills and have a wide variety of software expertise. It is a unique learning experience and I have a specific skill set that is in high demand.

    Share where you are now:
    I have been interviewing with professionals, have plans to start my own consulting business and am inspired to continue to pursue higher education.

    Would you recommend VDCI to a friend or colleague?
    I would recommend VDCI because the staff and instructors are passionate about what they do and the curriculum ensures students success. There is a wide variety of computer software available and as technology is constantly advancing and it is important to stay educated and up to date.