NIMS Welcomes Partnership Opportunities with TAACCCT Community College Applicants

The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced that $450 million in Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant funds to support collaboration between community college and industry leaders and assist individuals in garnering the skills needed to enter into careers in growing sectors. The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) is strongly positioned to serve as a committed partner.

Our nation’s economy demands more students and workers who are preparing for success in high-demand careers. In 2013, NIMS issued a total of 13,888 credentials, an increase of 5,143 credentials over 2012, or 59%. However, given that there are an estimated 99,500 projected job openings for machinists and 117,100 projected job openings for industrial machinery mechanics through the rest of this decade. TAACCCT grants focused on manufacturing and machining provide a robust opportunity to meet employers’ needs for skilled and trained workers and promote employment. NIMS certifications meet requirements for industry-recognized credentials and ensure a level of quality as employers are looking for skilled machinists, and workers are looking for employment and earnings opportunities. 

NIMS is prepared to partner and help TAACCCT grantees meet and exceed performance expectations, including enhancing credential attainment, completion of programs, improved employment opportunities for participants and increased earnings. Please see our Partnership Opportunity Overview for potential avenues for engagement. 

We remain committed to working with community colleges, local workforce investment boards, community-based organizations and employer partners on providing the skills and competencies needed to perform in 21st century manufacturing/machining jobs. We encourage you to contact us by e-mail at or by phone (703) 352-4971.

Partnership Opportunity Overview