Southwestern Illinois College Precision Machining Technology Program Renews National Accreditation
Fairfax, VA / Granite City, IL – Keeping up with today’s standards, Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) has renewed the NIMS Accreditation of their Precision Machining Technology Program as of May 6, 2015.This is the second time the college program has established itself as a NIMS-Accredited training source, as this national benchmark was first achieved in 2009.SWIC is celebrated for its continued commitment to meeting local employment needs, while maintaining national industry standards for machinist skills training.
NIMS and Gene Haas Foundation Announce Scholarships for Young Manufacturing Talent
Fairfax, Virginia, May 5, 2015 — The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), the precision manufacturing industry’s premier standards and certification body, and the Gene Haas Foundation (GHF), which provides scholarships to schools for students entering technical training programs, are partnering to provide scholarship funds directly to the near-future workforce. The scholarships will be given to select SkillsUSA students, who represent some of the nation’s top young talent in precision machining and metalworking.
The 2015 GHF-NIMS SkillsUSA Scholarship Program will award over $200,000 in scholarship funds to students competing in three manufacturing events at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) in Louisville, Kentucky June 22-26. Competitors include high school and college students from all 50 states who have won their state-level competitions in CNC Technician, CNC Specialist and CNC Turning Specialist. Upon their arrival at NLSC, they will receive a $1,000 scholarship award recognizing their success. Medalists at each of the three competitions at each level will receive awards in the following amounts: Gold: $4,000; Silver: $3,000; and Bronze: $2,000.
The GHF-NIMS-SkillsUSA Scholarship Program is part of a larger initiative launched by GHF and NIMS to help more students prepare for success in precision manufacturing careers by gaining industry-recognized credentials at high schools and colleges. GHF and NIMS have provided more than $450,000 to schools and students since the program launched in 2014. As a result, more education programs are providing high quality training and more individuals are gaining the skills and credentials they need for success in the workplace.
DeAnza College Manufacturing & CNC Technology Program Earns National Accreditation from NIMS
Fairfax, VA / Cupertino, CA – Maintaining an industry standard inside the classroom is no easy task, but the Manufacturing and CNC Technology Program at DeAnza College has gone above and beyond and is officially accredited by NIMS as of April 27, 2015.In receiving this national recognition the DeAnza staff and faculty demonstrate their commitment not only to NIMS national industry standards but to excellence in metalworking training within the state of California and for the greater U.S. Manufacturing industry.
National Institute for Metalworking Skills Commits to Upskill Precision Manufacturing Workforce
Washington, DC, April 24, 2015—Today, the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) announced a commitment to help equip the nation’s front line precision manufacturing workforce with the skills they need to advance in their careers.NIMS will work with employers, education providers, workforce development organizations and other stakeholders to expand Competency-Based Apprenticeships in which students and workers can gain the skills, experience and credentials they need for success in in-demand jobs.
As part of the commitment, NIMS will develop and disseminate an Apprenticeship Blueprint to help companies expedite implementation of customized apprenticeships that meet their talent needs. NIMS will also set a goal to issue 1,000 industry-recognized credentials to individuals in Apprenticeship programs. Through outreach to stakeholders, NIMS will provide a package of tools, resources, and technical assistance to support stakeholder efforts to establish or expand their use of apprenticeships.
The White House highlighted the commitment as part of its Upskill Summit today, which gathered 150 employers, labor leaders, foundations, non-profits, educators and tech innovators from across America who are focused on equipping workers of all ages with the skills they need to advance in their careers. NIMS Executive Director, James Wall, and Roderick Jones, NIMS Board member and Senior Advisor, DMG Mori Seiki USA, attended the Summit.
“As manufacturing becomes more complex, technology-driven and innovative, companies, workers, and students need to keep up with evolving industry standards and job requirements so they can get ahead in their careers,” said James Wall, executive director, NIMS. “Our Competency-Based Apprenticeship System helps companies advance front line workers into higher-skilled jobs through high-quality, customized training in which participants earn both national industry certifications and company-specific credentials.”
The NIMS Competency-Based Apprenticeship helps companies:
•Recruit and advance skilled individuals to the precision manufacturing industries by offering opportunities to “work and learn” towards a valuable career
•Prepare the next generation of employees by providing a strong foundation of skills that are critical for them to advance in careers
•Ensure workers have the right skills, meeting industry-wide and company-specific standards and requirements needed for long-term success
•Build a customized training program that leverages national industry-recognized credentials to make on-the-job training more efficient and advanced
DMG Mori Seiki USA also made a multifaceted commitment to upskill its workforce as part of the Summit.In 2015, the company will invest in new hires of all levels by starting a training program that will include three weeks of training, in which it will send its employees to Japan and Germany to learn its corporate culture and passion for manufacturing.The program is aimed to increase employee engagement and retention as well as provide advanced skill training for USA production and quality control workers.The company will also launch a Management Education Program for leaders, supervisors, and managers; a tiered compensation program for factory workers that will lay out a clear path for upward mobility via an initial skills assessment and the establishment of skills targets; a program to encourage earning of NIMS skill credentials with 300 direct field technicians and other employees; and expansion of existing apprenticeships for Service Engineers to Application Engineers by launching at least one new class in 2015, 2016 and 2017. DMG Mori Seiki USA will also start a second shift so that employees have more choice in when they work so that they can access learning and development opportunities.
“Education is a business imperative for us,” said Rod Jones, senior advisor, DMG Mori Seiki USA. “Offering continuous opportunities for our employees to upgrade their skills not only helps them advance, but increases morale, safety, credibility, and pride in our company.”
Johnston Community College Computer Integrated Machining Technology Program Earn NIMS Accreditation
Fairfax, VA / Smithfield, NC – Maintaining an industry standard inside the classroom is no easy task, but the Computer Integrated Machining Technology Program at Johnston Community College has done just that by becoming nationally accredited by NIMS as of April 9, 2015.In receiving this national recognition, Johnston staff and faculty demonstrate their dedication to excellence in metalworking training within the state of North Carolina and nationally.