NIMS and Gene Haas Foundation Announce Scholarships for Young Manufacturing Talent
Fairfax, Virginia, April 19, 2016 — 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 2016 GHF-NIMS SkillsUSA Scholarship Program will award over $200,000 in scholarship funds to students competing in three manufacturing events at the 52nd annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) in Louisville, Kentucky June 20-24, 2016. Competitors include high school and college students from all 50 states who have won their state-level competitions in CNC Technician, CNC Milling Specialist and CNC Turning Specialist. Upon their arrival at NLSC, they will be eligible to 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.
NIMS is a national non-profit organized under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Formed in 1994 by the leading U.S. metalworking trade associations, NIMS is the developer of quality competency-based skills standards and credentials for jobs in manufacturing and related industries. Through these efforts, NIMS helps build and maintain a globally competitive workforce.
About the Project
NIMS is currently piloting a new series of credentials for industrial technology maintenance. In conjunction with the development process, NIMS is seeking a marketing firm to design and develop a promotional brochure. NIMS has seen a significant demand for these new credentials from both education and industry across the nation. Today’s manufacturing enterprises demand a highly skilled industrial technology maintenance workforce to support business processes and operational improvements that occur through new technologies that focus on automation, light weighting, and plant productivity and efficiency As the public and private sectors focus on filling these technologically-advanced jobs, it is critical that the new industrial technology maintenance workforce is educated and trained to national industry standards.
NIMS is interested in receiving proposals for the development and design of an informational brochure for these new credentials. The targeted audience will include education and training organization, manufacturing companies, students, and economic and workforce development organizations. We would like to have a final product by August 1, 2016. To respond, please submit a proposal addressing the following topics:
•Sample Project Plan
•Timeline of Deliverables
Please submit proposals to Melanie Stover, Director of Strategic Initiatives at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, April 25, 2016.
Led by instructor James (Mike) Schoen, the college met the stringent quality requirements set forth by NIMS which include a program self-audit, the certifying of faculty and students in NIMS national, industry credentials, and demonstration of an effective, ongoing relationship with local industry.Afterwards an on-site evaluation was conducted by NIMS Lead Evaluator Sam Hart, Education Representative Randy Ragland of TCAT-Hartsville and Industry Representative Ken Potts of Philips Corporation.During this visit the Evaluation Team inspected the training facility, observed student safety and interviewed faculty, administrators, students and local employers.
As a nationally accredited program TCAT Murfreesboro has publicly demonstrated its commitment to provide industry-level training for not only the nine counties it serves directly but also to the state of Tennessee and for the greater U.S. Manufacturing Industry.
This accreditation is based on NIMS National Skill Standards for Machining Level I with a focus on the manual machining skills.
NIMS Renews National Accreditation of Somerset Machine Technology Training Program
Fairfax, VA / Somerset, PA – On March 7, 2016 Somerset County Technology Center (SCTC) renewed the national accreditation of its Machine Technology Program, where secondary students from eight school districts learn manual and computer numerical control (CNC) machining.NIMS accreditation is the only national benchmark to recognize excellence in metalworking training as based on national industry-written, industry-approved standards.
This national distinction is a demonstration of the Technology Center’s ongoing commitment to provide industry-quality training for the state of Pennsylvania and for U.S. Manufacturing.Industry employers have come to trust NIMS-accredited training programs, such as SCTC, to provide work-ready and skilled personnel for the next generation.
For twelve years the Machine Technology Program has provided students with the opportunity to earn NIMS credentials that certify entry-level job skills and those efforts have resulted in nearly 500 certifications issued to date.Leading by example, Instructor Jerry Schimpf holds seven NIMS credentials from the Machining Level I skill group.
Following a rigorous on-site audit by veteran NIMS Evaluator Joan Cook, the program received the above-average scores in the evaluation categories of:
-Equipment, Tooling & Measuring Devices
-Student Testing Efforts
Reestablishing this industry award secures accreditation for the next five years.
NIMS Renews National Accreditation of Huntington (WV) Machinist Technology Training Program
Fairfax, VA / Huntington, WV – Maintaining national industry standards inside the classroom is no easy task but the team at Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing rose to the challenge and officially renewed the national accreditation of the Machinist Technology Program as of March 1, 2016.
NIMS accreditation is the only national benchmark to recognize excellence in metalworking training as based on national industry-written, industry-approved standards. By securing this national award, the institute demonstrates its continued commitment to providing the highest quality of industry-level training within the state of West Virginia and for the greater U.S. Manufacturing Industry.
Following a rigorous on-site audit by veteran NIMS Evaluator Joe Waskevich, the program received the high scores in all areas of evaluation:
Equipment, Tooling & Measuring Devices
Student Testing Efforts
The Huntington program has continually provided students with the opportunity to earn NIMS certifications, resulting in nearly 900 certifications issued to students as of March 1, 2016. Leading by example, Instructors Rich Smoot and Danny Pancake hold a combined fourteen NIMS credentials from the Machining Level I skill group.
“Program does an excellent job in preparing trainees for industry – top to bottom… The instructors provide an atmosphere and learning environment relevant to working in the industry.
By using NIMS credentials as part of the curriculum, the program insures that the importance of instruction is geared towards industry.”
Joe Waskevich, NIMS Lead Evaluator
Reestablishing this industry award secures accreditation for the next five years. Training focuses on manual/CNC machining skills while covering safety practices, measurement skills, mathematics and industrial communications