SketchUp Course at West Valley Occupational Center

Course Description:
The course is designed to enhance professional designers’ ability to envision and communicate their projects using the SketchUp program.

Course Length:
Tuesday, April 22 – Thursday, Jun 5
(This is the 1st attempt of this type of course catering to working professionals. The regular semester is 20 weeks long.)

Course Setup:
Open Lab: 9 am – 2 pm, Monday – Friday
Lectures/Discussions: 9:15 am – 11:30 am, Tuesdays & Thursdays
Participants will have access to the classroom and equipment during open lab hours. It is important to attend the lectures/discussions. Tuesdays will be for exploring ideas and deciding on learning objectives and Thursdays will be for actual demos. The first 5 weeks will have lectures and discussions. The final 2 weeks will be for project productions and reviews.

West Valley Occupational Center, Room 304
6200 Winnetka Avenue, Woodland Hills, CA 91367
818-346-3540 – school phone

Course fee: $100 (additional fees: $5 student ID card)
Course Section/Title: 709 CAD/Upgrade
Instructor: Julian Inchaurregui
Instructor’s approval required for registration. Please come meet the instructor prior to registration.
Course Outline & Details

Warning: This is not a course for those who want to learn the craft of CAD drafting and become drafting professionals. 

Working with architects and interior designers, I often hear how the professionals would like to utilize SketchUp more for their businesses. Finally, there is a 7-week program for design professionals to learn practical SketchUp skills to enhance their design presentations.

Why SketchUp?

  • SketchUp works on both PC and Mac.
  • SketchUp has a free version.
  • SketchUp Pro is less than $600 for 1 license; affordable compared to other CAD programs.
  • SketchUp is easy to learn. No CAD experience required.

Here are some benefits design professionals can gain from this course:

  • Learn SketchUp through a structured and organized curriculum.
  • Produce simple 3D presentations for client meetings.
  • Make quick and minor changes to SketchUp models prepared by a drafting professional.
  • Develop better understanding of CAD and other presentation programs to communicate and collaborate with drafting professionals.



9 Tips to Thrive in the Real World

1. Be Healthy

2. Be Professional

3. Be Sincere and Compassionate

4. Set Goals

5. Keep Improving

6. Promote Your Strength

7. Be Unique and Memorable

8. Build a Support System

9. Offer Help & Give Back

Last year, I was invited to be a guest speaker at two different classes in two different schools. I felt I could do a little more than just talking about my personal story. I got inspired to put together the 9 tips above. I feel strongly about each of the tips. So, after the two presentations, this gets a permanent spot here on my blog.

Social Media Coaching – July 9, 2013

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Our second Social Media Coaching workshop was on July 9, 2013. We want to thank Archer Weiss again for letting us use their beautiful conference room for the workshop.

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Our focus this time was on This website has become a great way for design professionals to showcase their works to and interact with homeowners. Professionals can also interact with each other. Reviews are a big part of the website. Clients can review design professionals, and professionals can review other professionals.

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By the end of the session, our attendees either created their professional profiles or added photos and details.

A Way With Designs

Catherine S. Grasso, Design For Living

JA Design

Joan Larson Interior Design

Joann Baker Interior Design

Westside Remodeling

Ventura Builders

Our next workshop is on Tuesday, August 13. CLICK HERE to get details and register!

Rendered Chairs

Look what I found! I did these chairs in college for an assignment. It was a one-night project. A blueprint machine was more accessible than a copier, so these chairs were done on blueprint paper. I miss the good old days when I stayed up all night in the classroom with close friends and work on projects. Barcelona Butterfly Eames Chair Eames Lounge Le Corbusier Marcel Breuer Memphis Tulip Zig Zag

Social Media Coaching – June 11, 2013

We had our first Social Media Coaching workshop on June 11, 2013. We are very grateful that Archer Weiss provided their beautiful conference room for the workshop.

Social Media Coaching

Social Media Coaching

We started the session by welcoming all the attendees and introducing our generous hosts Barbara Archer and Marc Weiss.

Social Media Coaching

Susan made a easy-to-understand presentation on using Pinterest for business. She even included a step-by-step guide. Some of us had started using Pinterest, but for personal use only. This image-driven website is one of the best E-marketing tools for designers to showcase their design styles and expertise.

Social Media Coaching

After the presentation, everyone was motivated to start creating their business presence on Pinterest. There were three “tutors” going around helping everyone. At the end of the class, over half of the attendees signed up for the next workshop on

Social Media Coaching

Our next workshop is on Tuesday, July 9th. CLICK HERE to get details and register!