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Sunnyside students earn industry certification

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  • Mary Veres/Sunnyside Unified School District

Nine Sunnyside Unified School District Desert View High School Aerospace i-STEM College and Career Academy students have earned the industry-recognized SolidWorks CSWA Professional Certification requiring the passing of an assessment where students must demonstrate their expertise with SolidWorks 3-D solid modeling, design concepts, and sustainable design protocols as well as their commitment to professional development.

SolidWorks software is used by about 80% of world’s engineering and design industry.  Students in the Aerospace i-STEM academy use the SolidWorks software to design models in 3-D that are then “printed” using the school’s high-tech 3-D printer.

The Desert View HS students who to date have been awarded the SolidWorks CSWA Certification include:

  • Desarae Stephens
  • Jess Quintero
  • Clarissa Moreno
  • Ernesto Moreno
  • Evelyn Plascencia
  • Esperanza Celis
  • Arturo Escudero
  • Robert Canales
  • Johnatton Ayala

The students and instructor, Cesar Gutierrez, as well as two other instructors, have been invited by SolidWorks to be one of very few groups of high school students to  attend the SolidWorks World Professional Conference this month in San Diego, California, where the students will have the opportunity to take a second SolidWorks certificate assessment, the CSWP, as well as attend a number of professional breakout sessions and tour local education and industry sites such as the Fender Guitar design and factory.

The field trip to the SolidWorks Conference has been made possible through student fund raising events and the help of local community organizations and industry including The Pima County One Stop, Hi Tech Machining, NESCO, and Sergeant Aerospace.

Programs within the Desert View Aerospace i-STEM Academy are also supported by satellite program funding from the Pima County JTED.

Many of the students are also in the school’s Precision Machining and Engineering programs and plan careers in aerospace and high-tech manufacturing as engineers, designers and machinists.

For more information about how to support the program or to provide internship opportunities to students, please contact Kathy Prather, Director of Career and Technical Education/JTED at 545-2163 or