I worked my way through the class as a beta-tester. I started with no EDA experience and at this point have had one small 2-sided board produced (at OSHpark) which worked perfectly and am in the beginning process of a more complex one.
I picked up many tips I know I wouldn't have learned had I simply attacked it on my own -- regardless the resources on YouTube and the Internet -- learning from an EE professional is invaluable!
I'm waiting impatiently for the next session of the class.
I am too, but for obvious reasons! Thanks for writing about it!
I think a key sector that a lot of EETimes readers might consider is training new hires. There really aren't lots of corporate budgets for training these days, but CE is affordable and should cover a practical skill that many engineers need to learn to operate on the job. What's more, most companies can't take the risk of letting a junior engineer potentially screw up a product for the sake of learning...this course allows them to mess up on their own time! ;-)
As we unveil EE Times’ 2015 Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. Panelists Dan Armbrust (investment firm Silicon Catalyst), Andrew Kau (venture capital firm Walden International), and Stan Boland (successful serial entrepreneur, former CEO of Neul, Icera) join in the live debate.