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.
NIMS to Lead SkillsUSA Students at World Competition in Brazil
SkillsUSA is pleased to announce the appointment of Montez King, director of credentialing for the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), as a volunteer Expert for the Manufacturing Team Challenge students competing at the 43rd WorldSkills Competition, August 11-16 in São Paulo, Brazil.
Mr. King will be responsible for preparing and mentoring three students who will join 16 other SkillsUSA students as part of SkillsUSA's WorldTeam. Mr. King will also serve as a judge of the Manufacturing Team Challenge (MTC) contest in São Paulo, but he will not evaluate the U.S. team.
The biennial WorldSkills Competition promotes global workforce skills development and provides a vehicle for comparing career and technical students and methods of training among industrialized nations. About a thousand students, age 17 to 22, from nearly 70 countries will compete in one of almost 50 contests covering manufacturing and engineering, construction and building technology, information systems and communications technology, social and personal services, and transportation and logistics.
A grant to SkillsUSA from the Alcoa Foundation will partially underwrite the WorldTeam team and enable SkillsUSA to enter students in the Manufacturing Team Challenge contest for the first time. The MTC contest involves three student teams that perform design, production, assembly and testing of a manufactured product-all technical and career skills in high demand worldwide among manufacturers.
"We are very grateful to NIMS and to Mr. King for stepping forward to assist our students in this international showcase of skilled workforce education," said Tim Lawrence, executive director of SkillsUSA. "NIMS has been a very important and loyal partner to SkillsUSA, helming volunteer support for our machining contests at our national SkillsUSA Championships and now adding the mentorship of our MTC students preparing for this summer's WorldSkills Competition."
"These SkillsUSA students are the champions of our industry," said Jim Wall, executive director, NIMS. "We are not only proud to support their talents, but believe their example of hard work and 'technical athleticism' will inspire more young people to pursue in-demand careers in precision manufacturing."
NIMS and Gene Haas Foundation Announce Second Year of Scholarships for Schools
Fairfax, Virginia, March 17, 2015 — Today, 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, announced that they will partner again this year to help schools prepare more students for success in precision manufacturing careers.
The 2015 GHF-NIMS Credentialing Scholarship Program will provide eligible secondary and post-secondary institutions with grants to build high-quality technical programs that provide students with foundational skills and industry-recognized credentials that have immediate value in the job market. The grants will cover up to 100% of the costs of testing and credentialing services for all students seeking NIMS certifications. The program will launch this year with a $100,000 investment from GHF.
NIMS Announces Record Number of Certifications Pursued for Metalworking Jobs
More students and workers are preparing for success, competition in high-demand careers
Fairfax, Virginia, January 20, 2014—Today, the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), the metalworking industry’s premier standards and skill certification body, announced that it awarded a record number of credentials last year to individuals seeking to enter into or advance in jobs in the industry. In 2014, NIMS issued 18,947 industry-recognized credentials, representing a 36% increase from 2013.
“It is clear that the precision manufacturing sector is strong and growing, and more students and workers are preparing for success in the wide variety of jobs our industry offers,” said Jim Wall, Executive Director, NIMS.“NIMS would like to congratulate more than 8,000 individuals who earned at least one industry-recognized credential last year and have the ‘mark of excellence’ that will make them highly sought-after talent.”
More than 6,000 metalworking companies and major industry trade associations have invested more than $7.5 million in private funds to develop NIMS standards and credentials that prepare and advance the industry’s workforce, and continue to upgrade and maintain the standards as the industry changes.
“The precision manufacturing industry is constantly evolving, becoming more complex, technology-driven and innovative,” said Greg Chambers, Director of Compliance, Oberg Industries, Inc. and chairman of the board, NIMS.“NIMS ensures that companies, workers, and students keep up with changing industry standards and job requirements and that training programs equip individuals with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need to succeed in in-demand jobs.”
NIMS has developed skills standards ranging from entry-level to master-level that cover the breadth of metalworking operations, including metalforming and machining. NIMS certifies individuals’ skills against these national standards via credentials that companies can use to recruit, hire, place, and promote individual workers. Training programs, both at the secondary and post-secondary level, incorporate the credentials as performance or completion measures of academic coursework in metalforming or machining programs.