The Industrial High School in Hranice na Moravě: A Success Story in Education Revolution

The following story is provided by our Value Added Reseller, SolidVision , Czech Republic. SolidVision advocates quality education through partnerships.

What should a modern secondary school offer? During our visit to the Olomouc Region, at the Industrial High School in Hranice na Moravě, we witnessed that a combination of vision, diligence, and quality partners is a key to success. The industrial school in Hranice has long been collaborating with significant partners and offers its students state-of-the-art facilities, boasting an excellent team of professionals who continuously devise new challenges.

School principal, Ing. Ivan Doležel illustrates relevant student learning

The Hranice school features a special classroom designated for the practical training of students. “Thanks to companies like Dassault Systemes and SolidVision, we’ve managed to equip a modern classroom that offers everything a student needs,” specifies the school principal, Ing. Ivan Doležel. Students have access to computers with the latest software, such as SOLIDWORKS, and the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. Coincidentally this school was also the first one in the Czech Republic to use the 3DEXPERIENCE cloud platform.

A new scanner allows students to scan an object, such as figurines and then produce them using a 3D printer. The classroom is equipped with the latest in technology, including a projector and an interactive whiteboard. Doležel asserts that utilization is key: “Our school is exceptional in that it uses all tools to their full potential, and I’m glad for that.”

Students prepare for SOLIDWORKS Certification Exams

“We take the quality of education very seriously,” the principal elaborates. The school is considered one of the most modern in the Czech Republic. For instance, it was the first to offer SOLIDWORKS certification and now serves as an example for the rest of the country. “When we introduced certification opportunities ten years ago, we had no idea it would be such a success,” Doležel clarifies. “Now, we see a systematic increase in interest, which is pleasing. Moreover, we plan to expand certifications to include SolidCAM,” the principal adds about future plans.

In partnership with SolidVision, engineers provide guest lectures to students

This secondary school offers a wide range of programs, all sharing one common element: practical experience. “Across all our programs, we systematically prepare our students for practical work, making them highly sought after in the job market and often securing interesting internships during their studies,” Principal Doležel praises. Besides software, students can also use actual machines, one of which is the SLV EDU from SolidVision. “This milling machine is particularly helpful for students in woodworking programs, but we also use it to teach machining. We wouldn’t mind having more of these machines,” Doležel says with a smile.

Educator, Petr Skrabal teaches students advanced technology and job skills

One of the most significant events is the SOLIDWORKS competition. The sixteenth year of the contest will welcome the most skilled young designers on April 4, 2024. “The soul of this project is our excellent teacher, Petr Škrabal, who has been working from the beginning to attract the biggest talents from the republic, and I must say, he’s succeeding,” explains the school principal. “The tasks are often very complex, but it’s amazing to see the enthusiasm with which students tackle them and the incredible projects that can result,” praises teacher Petr Škrabal. “We never know exactly what the assignment will be in advance, maybe this year it will be a spaceship, who knows,” adds Doležel with a smile.

Vocational high schools are no longer places for students who couldn’t get into another high school. On the contrary, they are venues for promising talents who, thanks to schools like the Industrial High School in Hranice na Moravě, can develop excellently. We’ll be watching with anticipation to see how this year’s SOLIDWORKS competition turns out and whether it will bring forth another designer of future global renown.

Thank you SolidVision for supporting the educators and students at Industrial High School in Hranice na Moravě, We appreciate you sharing this story with the SOLIDWORKS community.  We look forward to seeing students’ inspirational designs in your SOLIDWORKS Competition, in its 16th year.

Design well, Marie

Marie Planchard

Marie Planchard

Senior Director, Early Engagement, 3DEXPERIENCE Works at Dassault Systemes
Marie Planchard is an education and engineering advocate. As Senior Director of Education & Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS, she is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for the 3DEXPERIENCE Works products across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and entrepreneurship.
Marie Planchard