AutoCAD vs. ProEng.
Yep, and I think Solidworks has a pricing program where the schools basically get the seats for free or at a cost that is so low as to be funny. I also recall that my local reseller (Texas Engineering Systems in Houston and they have an office in Dallas too, gotta give these guys a plug, they bail me out often enough...) has a deal where if you're unemployed, they'll let you come in and take training classes for either next to nothing or free (I forget) as a means to get you back to work (for someone running Solidworks of course... they aren't the Red Cross after all, they do have to make a living at this...) and they also act as a referral service for people looking for jobs as well. Can't beat a deal like that with a stick that's for sure....
If you're interested in passing this on to your school (maybe they'll either change thier minds or at least consider offering them side by side) let me know and I'll pass your info on to my reseller for you if you like.