Cerritos College News Release - January, 2009

Cerritos College Offers In-Demand Engineering Design Software Training


Media Contact:Lesley Wheeler, Public Affairs; (562) 860-2451 ext.2287

NORWALK, Calif. – January 2, 2009 - Cerritos College’s Engineering Design Technology (ENGT) Department is offering students a head start in aerospace, and other industries, through engineering design software courses. Enrollment for spring 2009 is now underway.

Engineering design software courses taught at Cerritos College cover programs such as AutoCAD; Autodesk; MAX 3-D Designer, Mechanical Desktop, MAP 3-D, Inventor; SolidWorks and CATIA.

According to ENGT Chairman Farid Wissa, knowledge of these programs is highly desired by industry giants seeking to hire employees.

“Although the economy is not very up high, engineering companies are in need of good designers to be part of their teams with very high salary rates,” he said.  “In fact, all aerospace firms recently ran advertisements announcing interviews for open job positions, and engineering software designers are needed for the Boeing Aircraft Company."

Enrollment is underway for classes starting Monday, January 12, 2009.  Students can register online at http://my.cerritos.edu. Those interested in taking these classes should apply immediately while there is still space.

New students, along with those returning after missing one or more semesters, must apply and obtain a student number that will allow them to register for spring 2009 classes. This can be done either traditionally or online at www.cerritos.edu

All course prerequisites are checked during registration.  Students may not register for a class unless they meet all the required prerequisites.

Students who feel that they have experience equivalent to a prerequisite course may contact the ENGT department to discuss alternatives that satisfy prerequisites.

High school juniors and seniors may enroll in most engineering technology courses free of cost to earn both high school and college credit under the College Bridge Program. For more information about the College Bridge Program, minors should speak with their high school counselors and a Cerritos College counselor.

ENGT has course credit transfer agreements with California State University, Los Angeles; California State University, Long Beach; and other surrounding universities.

For more detailed information please visit www.cerritos.edu/engt or contact Farid Wissa at (562) 860-2451 ext. 2910 or fwissa@cerritos.edu; or Jaya Hiranandani at ext. 2908, or hiranandani@cerritos.edu.


Cerritos College serves as a comprehensive community college for southeastern Los Angeles County. Communities within the college’s district include Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, La Mirada, Norwalk, and portions of Bell Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Santa Fe Springs and South Gate. Cerritos College offers degrees and certificates in more than 200 areas of study in nine divisions. Annually, more than 1,200 students successfully complete their course of studies, and enrollment currently surpasses 24,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online at www.cerritos.edu.