NIMS Credentials Mean Employment for TechWorks Trainees

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TechWorks’ New “National Institute for Metalworking Skills” Credentials Yields Immediate Employment

After meeting with local manufacturers to determine what they desire in an entry-level CNC machinist, TechWorks intensified the assessment/entry-level steps and outcomes for its Fast-Track (F-T) CNC Machine training. The new curriculum includes Job Readiness training through Rock Valley College, additional time in both the classroom and hands-on time on the CNC machinery, and a National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) credential. This enhanced program has produced a more employable graduate.

In addition, with the extraordinary number of available CNC machine positions in the northern stateline area, TechWorks assisted its students, both current and recent graduates, by organizing a job fair with local manufactures and placement agencies; the results were impressive. A portion of the students were hired before the class graduates [March 3]. The remaining students have been asked to contact or visit the companies for longer, more in-depth interviews. One of the F-T students, who is also a military veteran, was hired and started employment while simultaneously completing his training.

Who is a good fit for the new TechWorks F-T curriculum? Any individual who:

  • Has the desire to work in the advanced manufacturing field
  • Has a high school or college education and is interested in a secure industry
  • Is unemployed, underemployed or wants to make a change in a secure industry (must
  • possess good reading and math skills)
  • Is interested in the opportunity to potentially program CNC machinery
  • Is interested in the opportunity to potentially supervise CNC machinists

For more information on TechWorks and program offerings, visit or phone Laura Grass at 815.965.3522.