Contact: Caroline Chetelat at ABYC
Westlawn Drives Down Costs for Students
Students Can Save Thousands of Dollars on Software –
Tuition Held at Last Year’s Levels
3, 2009, Annapolis, MD:
The Westlawn Institute of Marine
Technology today announced that it has instituted a number of measures designed
to help students cope with education costs and encourage them to keep studying
during these tough economic times. These include controlling tuition costs and
finding ways for students to obtain otherwise expensive design software at
little or no cost.
First, tuition for all
courses will be held at 2008 levels through September 2009. Second, as of March 15, 2009,
Westlawn will be offering a no interest tuition payment plan for all four
modules of its professional diploma program in yacht and boat design, as well
as for the Westlawn short course, Elements of Technical Boat Design.
In addition, Westlawn
will continue to offer students two low interest options for financing the
four-module Yacht and Boat Design program and for the Elements of Technical
Boat Design. With interest rates from three percent to nine percent, students
have the flexibility to choose the payment plan that best meets their needs.
Students moving on from Module 1 to the advanced modules can continue to
finance their tuition by rolling over any balance due as they progress in their
study. This tuition financing program is available through TFC Credit
Corporation, which has been financing student tuition for over 35 years. To
read complete details of the no interest tuition payment plan, as well as
information on the tuition financing through TFC Credit, go to the Westlawn web
site at www.westlawn.edu to download the Westlawn catalog and enrollment forms.
Rendering by Westlawn Student Peter Neceda
Westlawn has also
arranged for active Westlawn students to be able to download AutoCAD online
directly from Autodesk. This is a full version of AutoCAD Mechanical student
release. It is not a trial version. Active Westlawn students can log into the
designated sign-up page through the Westlawn student forum on the Westlawn web
site, www.westlawn.edu. The commercial price of AutoCAD Mechanical is $3,999
and Westlawn students can download and us it for free!
has worked with the DRS C3 Advanced Technology Center to receive deep
discounts for Westlawn students on the following software:
Orca3D Level 1 (hull design and
fairing with intact hydrostatics with stability) is just $125 for
Westlawn students (commercial
price is $1390) – a savings of $1265.
Orca3D Level 2 (all of Level 1
plus speed/power analysis and weight and cost tracking) is $250 for Westlawn
students (commercial price is $2780) – a savings of $2530.
Westlawn Director, Dave
Gerr noted, “Orca Level 1 is all that’s required to complete Westlawn studies,
but it makes sense to take advantage of this student discount to get Level 2.
Having both will make the advanced class work go more quickly, and it will
serve students well in their careers.”
Westlawn Student Bruno Ancic
Westlawn students also
need the general-purpose Rhino (Rhinoceros) 3D modeling program to run Orca3D.
If students don’t already own Rhino, Westlawn and the DRS C3
Advanced Technology Center has arranged a special Westlawn discount package
price for Orca3D plus Rhino as follows:
Level 1 & Rhino $288 (commercial price $2,385);
Level 1 & Rhino/Flamingo/Penguin/Bongo $558 (commercial price $3,085);
Level 2 & Rhino $401 (commercial price $3,775);
Level 2 & Rhino/Flamingo/Penguin/Bongo $671 (commercial price $4,475);
Savings over the full
commercial prices range from $2,907 to $3,804 depending on the package.
Gerr explained, “All that
is required to complete the Westlawn program is AutoCAD plus Orca3D Level 1 and
Rhino. Technically, the total cost of the necessary AutoCAD software to
complete all the Westlawn coursework is now just $288.” “However, students
looking to further enhance their skills and do more advanced work will find the
additional software (Orca3D Level 2, Flamingo, Penguin and Bongo) to be a
worthwhile long-term investment.” Flamingo is a photorealistic rendering
plug-in for Rhino, Penguin is a sketch/cartoon/illustration plug-in for Rhino
and Bongo is a design animation plug-in for Rhino.
To take advantage of
these discounts, Westlawn students must follow the student-purchase procedure
on the Westlawn online student forum at www.westlawn.edu, and they must
currently be an active student.
One of the most widely used and most
fully-featured suite of hull-fairing and marine-design software packages is
Maxsurf, from Formation Design Systems. A three surface, full feature version
of Maxsurf’s, internationally acclaimed design software is available free of
charge to Westlawn students. With over 3,000 users worldwide, Maxsurf has been
an industry leader for twenty-five years. Maxsurf designs can be saved as Rhino
documents and open seamlessly with Rhino version three or four. Maxsurf designs
can also be exported as DXF or IGES documents for further development in many
other CAD programs including AutoCAD and MicroStation.
Maxsurf offers student users
unprecedented support via access to their academic web site www.formsys.com/academic/Maxsurf.
In addition to software, the site provides student forums, tutorials, design
articles, sample designs and answers to FAQ’s, all free of charge.
Many, if not most, Westlawn students
will find the free three-surface Maxsurf software the only hull-design program
needed to complete their coursework. However a six-surface version of the
program is offered to students for $940, one half the commercial price of
Westlawn also has special student
pricing on New Wave Systems’ ProSurf ($295), which we sell directly to active
students. Though not as up to date as some of the other hull-design software
packages, it is still a powerful, effective program, and many students find it
the easiest to learn and to use.
“We understand that things are hard for many people
right now – including Westlawn students. We want to do as much as we can to
give our students the ability to continue their Westlawn education at the
lowest cost possible, and encourage new students to enroll with us,” stated
Founded in 1930, the Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology is
the only nationally accredited and state-certified distance-learning school of
small-craft design in the United States. As the not-for-profit educational affiliate of the American Boat and Yacht Council, the mission of
the Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology is threefold:
■ To provide our students with the skills and knowledge
required to build a rewarding career in the profession of yacht and small-craft
■ To support continued growth of the
recreational and small-craft marine community through the development of
well-trained, safety-oriented, boat designers developing better products for
the benefit of the boating public.
■ To provide continuing education to marine-industry
To learn more about
Westlawn, please call (860) 572-7900 or visit the Westlawn website at: www.westlawn.edu.