Autodesk Awards Linkage Design Specialization Status for VRED: Royal Oak-based Linkage Design, an authorized reseller of Autodesk software and a provider of digital content creation resources, announced that it has attained specialization status to provide Autodesk VRED 3D real-time visualization products. Specialization for VRED 3D real-time visualization demonstrates that Linkage Design has completed the necessary training and has built the infrastructure to provide sales, support and training for the Autodesk VRED users and new customers. Linkage Design provides digital design-based training for designers, including the new Autodesk VRED, in its Royal Oak office. VRED 3D visualization software enables automotive designers and engineers to create product presentations, design reviews, and virtual prototypes with highly realistic materials, physical camera settings, engineering tools, and even surface analysis modes. It allows designers to visualize ideas, evaluate design, and move from physical to virtual prototypes in real-time. Read a VRED case study at

Lawrence Tech named a top college for veterans: Lawrence Technological University ranked 18th in the 12-state Midwest region – and first in Michigan – in the inaugural ranking of the best colleges for veterans compiled by U.S. News and World Report. LTU was one of 234 colleges nationwide that scored well for graduation rate, faculty resources, reputation and other markers of academic quality measured in the 2014 edition of U.S. News Best Colleges. To qualify for the new rankings, the colleges also had to be certified for the GI Bill and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, two federal initiatives that help reduce the cost of college for veterans. Another requirement was membership in the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Consortium, a group that works to simplify credit transfers and give veterans credit for military training. In addition, LTU offers a 15 percent tuition discount to all active, inactive, reserve or retired military. LTU is also on the 2014 Military Friendly Schools list compiled by Victory Media, the publisher of G.I. Jobs magazine. The list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and military spouses as students and to ensure their success on campus. Almost 100 veterans take courses at LTU during an academic year, including Kirill Pavlov, a mechanical engineering major who is a 10-year Army veteran. He has been impressed by the services provided by Norma Julka, LTU’s financial aid and veteran affairs coordinator. Helping veterans obtain a college degree is an important mission at LTU, according to Lisa Kujawa, assistant provost for enrollment management. “These men and women have risked their lives to defend the freedoms that we all enjoy. We want to do everything we can to help them prepare for productive careers,” she said.  Lawrence Technological University,, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 7 percent of universities for return on undergraduate tuition investment, and highest in the Detroit metropolitan area.  Lawrence Tech is also listed in the top tier of Midwestern universities by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review.


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