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
NIMS Awards National Accreditation to Lansdale (PA) Precision Machine Trades Program
Fairfax, VA / Lansdale, PA – Keeping up with today’s standards, North Montco Technical Career Center has renewed the national accreditation of its Precision Machine Trades Program.Maintaining national industry standards inside the classroom is no easy task but as of February 11, 2016 the nearly fifty year old program once again rose to the challenge.
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 center demonstrates its continued commitment to providing industry-level training within the state of Pennsylvania and for the greater U.S. Manufacturing Industry.
NIMS Evaluator Norm MacIntyre conducted an official evaluation at the career center in January 1016 and was greatly impressed with the Precision Machine Trades Program, issuing above-average and excellent ratings in all eight areas of the evaluation:
Equipment, Tooling, and Measuring Devices
Administration and Management
Program Advisory Committee
Included in his overall praise for the program, veteran evaluator MacIntyre noted the strong support from local industry and school administration (led by Curriculum Specialist Bob Lacivita), as well as the exceptional leadership of Instructor Frank Torrente that add up to make this an “exemplary program.”
North Montco Technical Career Center serves Bucks, Montgomery, and Northern Berks Counties in the greater Philadelphia region.This accreditation focuses on skills from the NIMS Machining Level I National Standard which includes CNC operations as well as a variety of manual machining skills competencies.
NIMS Releases New Online Tool to Connect Competencies to Credentials to Careers
As the industry standard for training and skill validation in precision manufacturing, NIMS offers over 50 credentials that verify skills in a variety of job functions and processes. But, how do these credentials relate to the specific jobs and skills in-demand across the industry?
To answer that question, our team created the NIMS Career Pathway Tool to help employers, job seekers, and educators understand the numerous career pathways in the industry and what NIMS credentials really mean - how they help ensure skills at a variety of levels and how they can be earned to enter and advance in careers.
How does the Pathway Tool help?
Employers can use it to enhance hiring practices, develop better job postings, and incorporate NIMS credentials into training operations.
Educators can use this tool to design their curriculum, aligned with industry standards and directly linked to nationally recognized credentials.
Students can use this information to plan their career path by learning which credentials fit their personal career goals and to better translate their respective skills sets developed in their training program.
NIMS Awards First National Accreditation to Brunswick, Georgia Precision Machining Program
Fairfax, VA — Established in 1975, the Precision Machining Program at Golden Isles Career Centerset a new height in program history when it became nationally accredited by NIMS on January 29, 2016.NIMS Accreditation is the highest benchmark for metalworking training programs in the United States as based on national, industry-written and industry-driven skills standards.
As the second nationally accredited program in the state, the center demonstrates its commitment to providing industry-level training for Glynn County, the state of Georgia, and for the greater U.S. Manufacturing Industry. Led by Instructor Philip Davis, the center’s staff and faculty have 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 an intensive two-day on-site evaluation at the center.
The on-site evaluation occurred in spring 2015 and was led by NIMS Evaluator Joan Cook (RICOWI, Inc.) who was assisted by Education Representative Jeffrey Friend (Savannah Technical College) and Industry Representative Albert G. McDougald, Jr. (Jeffreys/Manufacturing Solutions).The visit included a comprehensive facility inspection, observation of student safety habits and a series of in-depth interviews with faculty, administrators, and local employers.
This accreditation is based on NIMS National Skill Standards for Machining Level I with a focus on the manual milling and turning skills.All NIMS standards and credentials are industry-written and industry-approved.