Farai Shawn Matiashe
recently in Chinhoyi
Hillcrest College impressed in their inaugural Auto Computer Aided Designing (AutoCAD) competition held at Lomagundi College in Chinhoyi recently.
The Mutare school came third after seasoned campaigners Wisetech College and Prince Edward School all from Harare scooped first and second prizes with 17 and 16 points respectively.
The competition was hosted by Advanced Design Systems (ADS), an academic partnership between polytechnics, teachers’ colleges and industrial training centres, which is also the authorised trainer and distributor of Autodesk software products in Zimbabwe.
Hillcrest College AutoCAD team Takudzwa Mutoko was over the top with excitement after their impressive showing at the elite schools competition.
“This is our first time in this competition and I am happy because we have done better than those who have been in his game for some time… This is not an easy road we deserved this,” said Mutoko.
Hillcrest College Head of Department for practical subjects and designing and technology teacher Charles Sigauke said the competition was important to students because it allowed them with learn from others and grow from their experiences.
“I must say AutoCAD Quiz competition is of paramount significance to us… our students have been exposed to other people who are faring well in the market by using AutoCAD skills. There were engineers, designers and technology lecturers at this competition who have given helpful and motivational presentations,” said Sigauke.
He said AutoCAD was also equipping students with important entrepreneurial skills.
“Institutions must produce students that are equipped with an entrepreneurial mind… We produce students, who are ready for the market who would instead of looking for employment they would employ themselves and others.
“When we first introduced AutoCAD we had a very low turnout because students had to pay some extra fee for it. But now I am happy to say that our numbers have been increasing as more and more students are embracing it. We have introduced it from form one up to form six and we are planning to make it compulsory for certain classes,” he said.
Curriculum Development and Technical Services (CDTS) Deputy Director Valerio Mukova was among the guests which included technical colleges, renowned engineers and designer.
Other schools which participated in the competition include Lomagundi College, St Ignatius, Christian Brothers College and Gateway High School.