Louisiana Districts Get Software Grants from UGS


2/21/2007—Three school districts in the Baton Rouge area in Louisiana will receive an in kind software grant through UGS Corp. The grants come as a result of a partnership between UGS and East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Melvin L. "Kip" Holden and are meant to benefit schools impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Through the grant, 53 schools in East Baton Rouge Parish School System, City of Baker Schools System, and the Zachary Community Schools will receive UGS' Solid Edge software, valued at $307 million (based on list price). Solid Edge is a 3D CAD system that competes with the likes of SolidWorks and Autodesk Inventor.

"With this software, we're able to train students for tomorrow's jobs on the best engineering design software available," Holden said in a prepared statement. "Our rebuilding efforts are now catapulted into an effort to invest for the future of our region because this software will help us rebuild and train now and in the future."

According to UGS, the software will be used in math, science, art, design, and various technical courses in grades 3 and up. UGS said the software grant will benefit some 50,000 students in the area.

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