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NIMS Student Summit at IMTS 2008 Draws Crowds of Students Daily

Thousands of students packed into the NIMS Student Summit throughout the week at IMTS 2008 for direct industry exposure and information about job opportunities. Sponsored by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) and the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), the event's main goal is to generate interest and incite enthusiasm in young people for manufacturing through contact with industry professionals and state-of-the-art technology.

The kick-off to the week included a Ribbon Cutting held on Monday morning. AMT President, John B. Byrd III, welcomed students to the show and discussed the wealth of opportunities available to them in our industry. The 120 students from Austin Polytechnical Academy at the ribbon cutting also heard from speakers including Assistant Commissioner Bill McMahon of the Chicago Mayor's Office of Workforce Development, Commissioner Arnold Randall of the Chicago Department of Planning & Development, and Dan Swinney of the Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Council. Austin Polytech student Latrice Tynes had the honor of cutting the ribbon. Tynes was assisted by the above dignitaries as well as incoming president of AMT, Robert Simpson; member of the NIMS Board of  Directors, Paul Huber; assistant principal of Austin Polytechnical Academy, Bernina Brazier; NIMS staff member, Jessica Stellenwerf; and Darryl Shannon of the US Department of Labor.

For the first time ever, students received a NIMS Student Summit orientation, sponsored by Sandvik Coromant (see photo below). Speakers Catherine Ross and Jessica Stellenwerf of the National Institute for Metalworking Skills as well as Gary Coslett and Dan Shelton of Sandvik Coromant delivered the presentation with the goal of connecting the students’ everyday lives to their experiences at IMTS and the manufacturing industry as a whole. Says Dan Shelton, “the reason Sandvik Coromont sponsors the NIMS Student Summit is because we’ve got a lot of people coming out of the industry, but not a lot coming in…we need students like you to get excited about careers in our field.”

Students also had the opportunity to learn about current job opportunities by speaking with staff in the Career Development Center (CDC) from Caterpillar, Rexam, Kennametal, and Seco. Other exhibitors in the CDC included Mastercam, Illinois Institute of Technology, TechWorks, Triton College, Symbol Job Training, Sandvik Coromant, the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA), and Chicago Job Corps.

After leaving the CDC, students visited over 40 Student Friendly Exhibitors such as Haas Automation, Mori Seiki, United Grinding, Methods Machine Tools, Agie Charmilles, Clausing Industrial, and Sandvik Coromant.

For more information about the NIMS Student Summit or to get involved in the 2010 show, please contact NIMS at 703-352-4971 or