A reader sends this email:
"Your recent article on free software training offered to downsized workers raised my interest level a couple a notches, as I am that worker. Do have a link to some of those companies offering training?, as long as I am at the computer writing resumes and searching the job market, getting some additional insight would be a bonus. Thank you for taking a moment to respond. Cheers, David Quist"
Keith Perrin, Sr. Product Line Manager, Systems Design at Autodesk says the company is providing some good deals:
Autodesk Assistance Program — Offers resources, training, certification & software to displaced employees.
Autodesk Clean Tech Program — Provides clean-tech startups, pioneers, and innovators easier access to Autodesk technology.
Also, Jim Phelan of Siemens PLM Software says that Solid Edge is providing a free download good for 45 days. It is the full version of the software with no limit to file saves. There are also online tutorials and forums available.
If anyone else knows of such programs, please send the information to me and I might publish it here! Thanks!
From: CAD/CAM Monthly <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 10:54 AM
Subject: Help for the displaced engineer