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Press Release November 15, 2018


Lori Trent, PAST Foundation -

November 15, 2018

PAST Receives Sponsorship from Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation and Computer Aided Technology COLUMBUS, OH – The PAST Foundation headquartered in Columbus, Ohio recently received a sponsorship from Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation and Computer Aided Technology (CATI). This sponsorship includes software, curriculum and certifications that will greatly benefit students interested in pursuing careers as future technology leaders.

The network license package will support up to 60 students and instructors and include software and licenses, certification exams and access to MySolidWorks with over 1,000 Product Tutorial Videos and that 631 lessons as well as technical support provided through the local reseller (CATI). This new partnership will be put to use immediately and be integrated into the Additive Manufacturing Summer Institute (AMSI) June of 2019 as well as other PAST student programs and summer institutes.

“We are thrilled to join forces with Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation to provide students with current technology tied to real world experiences that helps prepare them for their futures. Plans are underway to utilize these tools in other PAST created student programs as well,” said Andy Bruening, Director of Bridge Programs at PAST.

About PAST Foundation For 18 years, PAST, a non-profit foundation, has been a leader in designing STEM education across the nation, bringing transdisciplinary problem-based learning to educators and experiential programs to students. Most notably, PAST was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for its Excellence in Innovation in the STEM 2026 vision report. PAST was the only educational entity in Ohio to be included in this publication.

PAST was also recognized in 2014, by CGI America and former President Bill Clinton for their outstanding work, and again in 2015 for their achievements in improving STEM education in rural America. In 2015, the PAST Innovation Lab was recognized by the White House Summit on High School Design.

For more information on PAST Foundation and how you can link learning to life, visit or contact Lori Trent at


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