FISHER/UNITECH Announces “No Engineer Left Behind” Extension and SolidWorks(®) Engineering Stimulus Program

TROY, Mich.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—April 6, 2009— FISHER/UNITECH announced today an extension of its very successful No Engineer Left Behind retraining program. This professional development program, launched in January 2009, is aimed at helping displaced engineers and designers re-enter the marketplace with a more competitive posture. No Engineer Left Behind offers candidates the opportunity to gain valuable industry skills via a three-step process: attend a three-day Introduction to SolidWorks course, receive an evaluation copy of SolidWorks 2009 Office Premium 3D CAD software for skill enhancement and potentially be placed at a FISHER/UNITECH customer site for an unpaid 30-day internship. To date over 120 unemployed engineers have taken advantage of this program, with one graduate finding permanent placement due to the internship component.

“I want to thank everyone from FISHER/UNITECH involved in the No Engineer Left Behind program,” said Scott Mordaunt, a participant in a course in Cleveland, OH. “This has been a once in a lifetime experience, like a dream come true.”

“I cannot thank FISHER/UNITECH enough for the free training,” said Lester Lakey, a participant in Indianapolis, IN. “The No Engineer Left Behind program is a great example of grass-roots economic stimulus. You have my vote for company of the year.”

FISHER/UNITECH’s program was also featured on WDTN Channel 2 News in Dayton, OH. The video clip can be seen on You Tube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3hd2UevtvI.

Displaced engineers in the state of Indiana have even more of an advantage; FISHER/UNITECH provides over 25 training courses that are paid for by the state through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA.) Job seekers who qualify for training through WIA receive a voucher that can be redeemed at FISHER/UNITECH to obtain needed SolidWorks, Simulation and Enterprise PDM training for their occupational skill.

No Engineer Left Behind is a free service available to displaced workers in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Kansas. Online registration is available on the company’s website at http://www.funtech.com/s.nl/sc.8/category.2476/ctype.SS/SS.2476/.f. Acceptance into the program is on a first-come, first-served basis, and candidates must meet the qualifications of being displaced within the previous 12 months from a position where they were using either 2D or 3D CAD tools.

SolidWorks Engineering Stimulus Program

FISHER/UNITECH is a participant in the SolidWorks Engineering Stimulus Program, also announced today, which offers:

  • A free, downloadable version of SolidWorks Standard 2009 and SolidWorks eDrawings
  • Online documentation
  • Access to video training from SolidProfessor
  • A discounted CSWA exam

FISHER/UNITECH is scheduling one complimentary three-hour SolidWorks Engineering Stimulus course in each of its 11 branch locations throughout the Midwest. Hands-on courses begin in April and are scheduled throughout the remainder of 2009. Please visit the company’s website to learn more and register for a course at: http://www.funtech.com/Events/SolidWorks-Engineering-Stimulus.

About FISHER/UNITECH ( www.funtech.com)

FISHER/UNITECH, established in 1993, provides Product Lifecycle Management solutions to discrete manufacturing companies. The company's focus is on process improvement for product development. Process improvement is obtained through the integration of advanced software solutions to replace legacy systems. The applications include CAID, CAD, CAM, CAE, PDM, KBE, Reverse Engineering and Rapid Prototyping. Professional services are offered for design automation and data management which provides customers with a full service, one-stop source for complex PLM systems. The company offers advanced web-based delivery of education programs with its interactive, instructor-led 3DU. Please visit the company's website at ( http://www.funtech.com) or call 800-816-8314.



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