Success! A Look Back at the Student Summit at IMTS 2010
From left to right: Catherine Ross (NIMS); NIMS Board members George Crossland, Bob Skodzinsky, and Brian Davis; Barbara Lumpkin of Chicago Public Schools; Austin Polytechnical Academy student Jeralmie Garmon; NIMS Board member Harry Moser; Principal of Austin Polytechnical Academy Fabby Williams; Dan Swinney of the Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Council; AMT President Douglas Woods; and NIMS board member Paul Huber.
After months of planning and anticipation, the NIMS Student Summit went off without a hitch at the 2010 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago, Illinois. Thanks to a generous arrangement with AMT, The Association for Manufacturing Technology, groups of educators and students from as far as North Carolina and California were able to attend one of the world’s largest trade shows for the industry. From September 13th through 18th over 9,000 summit attendees took advantage of the opportunity to tour the most impressive assemblage of cutting edge manufacturing technology.
To kick off the Student Summit at IMTS 2010, an official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held on Monday, September 13. Emceed by NIMS Deputy Director Jim Wall, the ceremony included a warm welcome from Douglas K. Woods, President of AMT, followed by brief speeches from Dan Swinney, Executive Director of the Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Counsel, and Barbara A. Lumpkin, Deputy CEO for External Affairs and Partnerships for Chicago Public Schools, each of whom shared motivational, encouraging words with the Austin Polytechnical Academy students that were present for the ceremony. The ceremony concluded when Jeralmie Garmon of Austin Polytechnical Academy used an oversized pair of scissors to cut the red ribbon and officially inaugurate the 2010 Summit.
Several members of the NIMS Board of Directors were present for the Ribbon Cutting as well, including Paul Huber of COMEX, Harry Moser of GF Agie Charmilles, George Crossland of Crossland Machinery Company, Bob Skodzinsky of Haas Automation HTEC Network, and Brian Davis of Sandvik Coromant Company.
In addition to free admission to the spectacular IMTS show floors spanning all four wings of Chicago’s McCormick Place, Summit attendees were supplied with access to several exclusive areas including the Career Development Center. Upon arriving to the show, groups first attended a brief, yet motivational and memorable orientation program presented by the yellow-outfitted folks at Sandvik Coromant. From there attending groups were given full access to the Career Development Center, where they eagerly took advantage of the time and space to talk with industry professionals and gain insight on skills, careers, and technology.
Exhibiting companies inside the Career Development Center included:
Summit attendees were also encouraged to bring their resumes to submit in our Resume Drop, a unique program in which NIMS sends student resumes to participating companies in industry so they may review the skills and experience the incoming workforce will have to offer. Participating companies included:
• Accu-Precision Tool & Gauge • Agie Charmilles • AJ Rose • BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling, Inc. • CNC Jobs / Trillium Staffing • Criterion Tool & Die • GE Aviation • Hydromat, Inc. • Immersive Engineering, Inc. • INDEX Corporation • KOMET of America, Inc. • Maintenance Service Corp. • Mastercam / CNC Software, Inc. • Planit • REM Sales Tsugami • Seco Tools • Southern Manufacturing Technologies, Inc. • Symbol Job Training, Inc.
New to this year’s event was the Student Summit Lounge, a multi-purpose room for groups to convene throughout their day at IMTS, stop in to eat lunches brought from home, or just to rest their feet after a long day of exploring and learning.
Outside of the Career Development Center, students and educators were encouraged to visit our Student Friendly Exhibitors (SFEs). Scattered across all four wings of the show, SFEs consisted of 48 different organizations who openly welcome students to their booths to learn more about their company and the skills needed to have a career in that particular industry. Student Friendly Exhibitors included:
• Aerotech, Inc. • Agie Charmilles • BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling, Inc. • Bosch Rexroth Corporation • Burr King Mfg. Co. Inc. • Certified Comparator Products • Cutting Tool Engineering Magazine • Delcam • DMG / Mori Seiki • ERIEZ • FANUC Robotics America, Inc. • Fire Trace • Fischer Precise USA • Flow International Corporation • GROB System Inc. • Haas Automation-HTEC Network • Hardinge • Hydromat, Inc. • IGUS, Inc. • INDEX Corporation • Ingersoll Machine Tools Inc. • In-House Solutions • Kennametal • KOMET of America, Inc. • MAG • Mahr Federal Inc. • Maintenance Service Corp. • Marubeni Citizen - Cincom Inc. • Mastercam/CNC Software, Inc. • Mitsui Seiki • National Tooling & Machining Association • OKUMA America • OMAX Corporation • Planit • RAM Optical Instrumentation • REM Sales Tsugami • Sandvik Coromant Co. • Seco Tools, Inc. • Siemens PLM Software • Sodick, Inc. • Southwick & Meister, Inc. • Stratasys Dimension 3D Printers • TCI Precision Metals • The L.S. Starrett Co. • United Grinding Technologies, Inc. • WTO Inc. • Zebra Skimmers Corp. • ZPS America, LLC
Many thanks to AMT and all the exhibitors throughout IMTS and the Career Development Center who made this year’s Student Summit our best to date. We simply could not have accomplished this without your contribution and we hope to see you again at IMTS 2012, where we already plan to offer a bigger, better Summit that will continue to inspire young metalworking students to a prosperous career in manufacturing.
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Paul Huber: Working Tirelessly to Engage America’s Youth for Tomorrow’s Workforce
Picture McCormick Place, the largest exhibition hall in the Americas. Now picture traversing all four exhibition halls to meet and talk with 57 companies whose exhibits are placed throughout the halls. That’s no small task.
At the 2010 International Manufacturing and Technology Show, that’s exactly what Paul Huber did as he personally sought out each of the Student Friendly Exhibitors to thank them for their support of the NIMS Student Summit, sponsored by the Association for Manufacturing Technology and NIMS.
He is also passionate about the NIMS Precision Manufacturing Technology National Competition at SkillsUSA. He personally supports the Competition financially and pursues associations and companies for their participation and support. To top it all off, he is constantly engaging the industry media in publicizing the program.
Paul Huber is President of Industrial Precision Components Corporation headquartered in Bridgeport, Connecticut. In his eleven years as a member of the NIMS Board of Directors, Paul has devoted countless hours to motivating bright young men and women towards an interest in precision manufacturing careers.
Butler County Area Vocational-Technical School Officially NIMS Accredited
NIMS is pleased to announce the official accreditation of the Machine Technology Program at Butler County Area Vocational-Technical School of Butler, PA!
Since first applying for accreditation in April 2009, the staff and faculty at Butler County AVTS have done what it takes to ensure that their training is on par with industry standards, especially following the On-Site Evaluation, which took place on June 2nd and 3rd of this year. Making up the Evaluation Team was:
• Team Leader Roger Emmonds of Oberg Industries
• Education Representative Bill Burns of Hall Industries
• Industry Representative Dave Lotz of Penn United Technologies
Following the two-day audit, the Evaluation Team voted unanimously to accredit the program, commending the relationships that enable such a strong program; "The circle of administration, instructor, and advisory committee appears to be very strong, with each portion being strong and vibrant by itself."
Congratulations to everyone involved in this process, especially Machine Technology Instructor Aaron Couse, and congratulations to the entire staff at Butler County AVTS on providing the opportunity for over 120 students to earn more than 500 NIMS Credentials since 2005!
To learn more about this program, please visit the program’s website by clicking here.
NIMS Issues 25,000th Credential at the U.S. Department of Labor Ceremony
Assistant Secretary Jane Oates awards Magna Apprentice Darryl Robinson with a NIMS Milling Level II credential, the 25,000th in NIMS history, at the U.S. Department of Labor building in Washington, DC.
Washington, DC -- At a September 7th ceremony at the Department of Labor, Assistant Secretary for Employment Training Jane Oates presented the NIMS Milling Level II credential to Darryl Robinson, a registered apprentice from the Magna Baltimore Technical Training Center. This marks the 25,000th credential issued by NIMS since being founded in 1995. Also present at the ceremony were NIMS Excutive and Deputy Directors Stephen C. Mandes and James Wall, Administrator for the Department of Labor's Employment & Training Adminstration's Office of Apprenticeship John Ladd, Magna Training Program Director Sharon Snow, Baltimore Technical Training Center Manager Paul Myles, and Techincal Training Instructor Montez King.
In 2005 Magna International established the Baltimore Technical Training Center, which now boasts a NIMS Competency-Based Registered Apprenticeship Program. Technical instruction is delivered by Magna, while related instruction is provided through a partnership with the Community College of Baltimore County.
Front row, left to right: Darryl Robinson, Paul Myles, Sharon Show, & Montez King Back row, left to right: John Ladd, Stephen C. Mandes, & Assistant Secretary Jane Oates
Haas Automation & Vincennes University Team Up at the NIMS Student Summit at IMTS 2010
Two of the nation’s premier organizations, Haas Automation and Vincennes University, will join forces in the Career Development Center at the NIMS Student Summit at IMTS.
They will be announcing the new Haas Technical Education Center CNC Teacher Training Programs which will begin in early 2011. These programs will be held at Vincennes new ICAT (Indiana Center for Applied Technology) Facility. The ICAT Facility will have its formal Grand Opening on October 27, 2010 and the event will be open to the public, however registration is required.
"We are extremely excited about this new education initiative being launched at Vincennes University and the value and resources it will bring to CNC teachers around North America" said Bob Skodzinsky, Manager of the Haas Technical Education Center Network.