ORLANDO, Fla. — Nautique and Rhino, the vendor that supplies Nautique’s primary design software, have partnered to help open a design center in an El Salvador school ran by the Hamilton family in Ahuachapán.
Nautique designers’ introduction of design at the El Salvador school, through the use of Rhino software, happened on a recent “Nautique Cares” service trip to El Salvador. This sparked an interest in students, which lead to donations of several computers and software licenses to start the design center. Andrés and Jackie Gonzaléz, of Rhino software, made a huge positive difference on this project by donating 30 software licenses, donating a new projector, and providing classes to the teacher who will be leading the design center. In addition Rhino is offering to set up the school as an accredited Rhino Fab Studio, which will add significant credibility to the school and lead to job opportunities for the students. This new design center would not be possible without Gus Ramirez who is graciously funding the new building.
The Hamilton’s are in the final stages of having the Design High School Program accredited which will allow students to graduate with a technical high school diploma. To date there are thirty-eight students enrolled in the design program and this vision has already begun to change the lives of students and the education system.
“My wife is from El Salvador and we have been wanting to help make a difference in that country. When I heard that Nautique’s Chief Designer had used Rhino software to create an art feature in the new school library in El Salvador and that the same school was a great prospect for a Rhino design center I knew how I could help make a difference,” said Andrés Gonzaléz part owner of McNeel Miami that produces Rhino 3D Software. “I am thrilled to see these initial thirty-eight students kick off the design school and it is satisfying to know that in the years ahead hundreds of students in El Salvador will learn valuable skills they can use to transform their lives and families.”
Nautique, a subsidiary of Correct Craft, continues to expand the Nautique Cares initiatives that are having a significant impact around the world. This includes helping serve both our local community and taking employees on service trips around the world. Over the last several years Nautique employees have travelled to El Salvador, India, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico and the Apache reservation in Arizona.
“Our team never imagined the domino effect that our service trip to El Salvador last July would create and we couldn’t be more excited about the design center and how it will change lives not only for the students but their families as well,” said Correct Craft CEO Bill Yeargin. “Truly, our company is blessed to have the best employees, vendors, and dealers who have helped us create and shape what Nautique Cares is all about,” added Yeargin.
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