Indian Hills Community College Earns NIMS Accreditation
Fairfax, VA — NIMS Accreditation is the highest benchmark that a metalworking training provider may achieve and, as of November 12, 2014, the Machine Technology Program at Indian Hills community College (IHCC) is officially accredited.
NIMS & Gene Haas Foundation Announce $100,000 in Grants
New program will ensure more young people have the skills and credentials they need for today’s and tomorrow’s jobs.
Fairfax, Virginia, June 24, 2014—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 a new program to help schools prepare more students for success in precision manufacturing careers.
The GHF-NIMS Credentialing Grant Program will provide eligible secondary and post-secondary institutions with grants to build high-quality technical programs that provide students with industry-recognized credentials and foundational skills.The Grant Program is launching with a $100,000 contribution from the GHF.
“With this program, we hope to support more high schools and community colleges as they build high-quality programs that use NIMS standards and credentials in order to deliver the most relevant and innovative training,” said the Gene Haas Foundation Board.“This provides our country’s manufacturers an excellent workforce.”
“There are an estimated 99,500 projected job openings for machinists and 117,100 projected job openings for industrial maintenance technicians nationally through 2020,” said Jim Wall, Executive Director, NIMS.“We are proud to be working with the Gene Haas Foundation to help schools prepare more young people with skills and credentials they need to succeed in these in-demand jobs.”
The Grant Program officially kicked-off at the 2014 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, in which over 6,000 career and technical education students compete hands-on in 99 different trade, technical and leadership fields. All competitors in the Precision Machining Technology, CNC Milling and CNC Turning programs will be the first to participate in the program, receiving grants to earn NIMS’ Level I Machining credentials.
About NIMS The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) was formed in 1995 by the metalworking trade associations to develop and maintain a globally competitive American workforce. NIMS sets skills standards for the industry, certifies individual skills against the standards, and accredits training programs that meet NIMS quality requirements. Visit nims-skills.org.
About the Gene Haas Foundation The Gene Haas Foundation was formed in 1999 to fund the needs of the local community and other deserving charities, at the discretion of its founder, Mr. Gene Haas. High on the list of priorities of the Gene Haas Foundation is supporting manufacturing education, which encompasses many types of programs that inspire and educate young people about careers in manufacturing. In addition GHF provides scholarship funding for students to attend colleges that teach machining based skills.
"Apprenticeship" continues to be a growing buzzword in the manufacturing industry. With an increasing demand for skilled talent, apprenticeships provide an alternative avenue for individuals to enter into manufacturing careers. Apprenticeships offer a balanced blend of classroom and workplace learning, providing the highest quality training while presenting real-world experience and skills by working and contributing to the sponsoring company.
But how do you build an apprenticeship program? The NIMS Competency-Based Apprenticeship System, with its modular approach, enables companies to source and hire individuals with nationally-recognized skills and train them to company-specific needs. This model can be the capstone of business-led activities focused on attracting, recruiting, and training talent, enabling businesses to shape their future workforce.
Apprenticeships help individuals by providing the opportunity to develop new skills, while working and earning a family-sustaining wage, garnering a portfolio of nationally-recognized industry credentials and ultimately supporting a long-term career pathway.
Join Jim Wall, Executive Director of NIMS and Greg Chambers, Director of Corporate Compliance and Safety, Oberg Industries, on Monday, November 10 at 3:00PM ET to learn more about the NIMS Competency-Based Apprenticeship System and the benefits of offering an apprenticeship in your community.
Mayfield/Graves County Area Technology Center (KY) Earns NIMS Accreditation
Fairfax, VA — As of November 3, 2014, the Machine Tool Technology Program at the Mayfield/Graves County Area Technology Center (KY) is officially accredited. Based on industry-set standards for quality, NIMS Accreditation is the highest benchmark for metalworking training programs in the United States.
Kirkwood Community College (IA) Earns NIMS Accreditation
Fairfax, VA — NIMS is pleased to announce accreditation of the CNC Machining Technology Program at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, IA - the first metalworking training program in the state of Iowa to secure this national benchmark! Officially accredited as of September 25, 2014, the staff and faculty at Kirkwood have met NIMS standards and will continue to set the bar for exceptional metalworking training for higher education in the state of Iowa.