Davidson County Community College Now Accredited by NIMS
A little over two years since its inception, the Computer Integrated Machining Program at Davidson County Community College in Thomasville, NC became officially accredited as of October 1, 2014. Based on industry-set standards for quality, NIMS Accreditation is the highest benchmark for metalworking training programs in the United States.
By becoming accredited, the staff and faculty at DCCC have met NIMS quality requirements, which include a SelfEvaluation, Faculty Credentials, Student Credentials, and an intensive two-day OnSite Evaluation at the college facility.
The On-Site Evaluation occurred on September 23-24, 2014 and was conducted by a three-person NIMS Evaluation Team, which included:
- Certified Evaluation Team Leader: Joan Cook RICOWI, Inc. (OH)
- Education Representative: David Posey Randleman High School (NC)
- Industry Representative: Rod Tojdowski Okuma America (NC)
After a comprehensive facility inspection, observation of active students, plus indepth interviews with program faculty, administrators, and local employers, the Evaluation Team was highly impressed, giving the program above-average ratings in the evaluation areas of:
- Program Purpose
- Program Features
- Equipment, Tooling, and Measuring Devices
- Program Administration
- Program Faculty
- Advisory Committee
This accreditation is based the industrywritten and industry-approved Machining Level I Skill Standard, with a focus on four main skills credentials, which many students have already earned. Those skills areas include:
- Job Planning, Benchwork & Layout
- Measurement, Materials & Safety
- Milling I
- Turning Operations: Chucking Skills
Congratulations to the team at Davidson County Community College — especially Coordinator Mike Davis — and many thanks to the NIMS Evaluation Team.