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April 6, 2018

Joe Verkennes, Director of Marketing and Communications
Monroe County Community College
1555 S. Raisinville Rd., Monroe, MI  48161
(734) 384-4207 (O), (419) 343-3063 (M) 


MONROE, Mich. – Monroe County Community College’s Applied Science and Engineering Technology Division will host the Southeast Michigan and Northwest Ohio SolidWorks User Group Conference on April 17.

The conference will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in MCCC’s Career Technology Center, which located on the college’s Main Campus at 1555 S. Raisinville Rd. in Monroe.

SolidWorks is 3-D parametric modeling software that is widely used in mechanical design and engineering applications.

The conference provides an opportunity for SolidWorks users to network with colleagues and peers as well as observe how others are using the software.  It is free and open to students, teachers, designers, engineers, employers and anyone with an interested in SolidWorks. There will be light refreshments and the chance to win SolidWorks merchandise and other great prizes.

The Southeast Michigan and Northwest Ohio SolidWorks User Group is led by Dr. Dean Kerste, MCCC professor of mechanical design technology, who is a Certified SolidWorks Expert – the highest level of proficiency in using the software.

Monroe County Community College has addressed the needs of area employers by developing classes that prepare students for the Certified SolidWorks Associate and Certified SolidWorks professional exams. In addition, these certifications meet the Carl D. Perkins Core Indicators of Performance.

Sponsors of the conference include DASI Solutions, Fisher Unitech, Computer Aided Technology (CATI), Smooth Logics, Paperless Parts, Xometry, Rapid Group and Kenesto.

For more information, contact Dean Kerste at or (734) 384-4121.

About Monroe County Community College

Founded in 1964, Monroe County Community College is a public, two-year institution supported by tax monies from Monroe County, educational funds from the State of Michigan and student tuition.  

The college’s mission is to enrich and transform lives by providing opportunities and excellence in higher education.  The Main Campus is located at 1555 South Raisinville Road, Monroe, Mich., 48161, with easy access to Toledo and Detroit.  The Whitman Center is located at 7777 Lewis Ave.,Temperance, Mich., 48182, near the Ohio-Michigan Border.  Detailed information about MCCC is available at