Join Assistant Secretary Jane Oates at The Manufacturing Summit 2011
At the 2010 Manufacturing Summit, sponsored by the Swiss Business Hub and NIMS, Assistant Secretary of Labor Jane Oates gave the attendees a three part homework assignment dealing with the support and promotion of American manufacturing.
On October 27 at the Manufacturing Summit 2011 in Washington, DC, Secretary Oates will be presented with the responses to this homework assignment from companies, educators and workforce professionals.
This is a tremendous opportunity to get your voice directly to one of the nation’s highest ranking officials who is concerned with the future of manufacturing and the means of recruiting and training bright, young persons into the industry. Moreover, she demonstrated the importance of small companies and asked how we can best support them.
Secretary Oates asked the following:
---> What is the best way to initiate a public ad campaign to make Americans aware of today’s manufacturing jobs? How can this advertising campaign show that manufacturing is not a dirty world of dead-end jobs and assembly line labor, but a clean and vibrant world of upward mobility where careful thought is rewarded?
---> How can we best support small manufacturers? What can the publically funded workforce system do to best aid the new model of small manufacturers?
---> How do we make sure we are touting the earnings in manufacturing? How can we show the American people, especially our youth, that manufacturing is a high skilled job with proper compensation for its advanced skill set?
Industry, education, business, and government need your input to meet the challenge that we are faced with as a nation! Join the 2011 Manufacturing Summit. Registration is fast and free, simply click here to register yourself and any guests.
To assure that your input is heard at the 2011 Manufacturing Summit next month, send your responses, thoughts, or comments about Secretary Oates’ questions directly to NIMS Executive Director Stephen Mandes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Manufacturing Summit 2011 will be held October 27, 2011 from 8:30 AM to 3 PM in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. A reception will be given the night before at the home of the Swiss Ambassador in Washington, DC for all conference attendees.
Accreditation Renewed at Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School in Northampton, Mass.
We are pleased to announce that for the second time since 2004, the Manufacturing Technology Program at the Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School (SVAHS) has been awarded NIMS Accreditation for excellence in metalworking training! The program was previously accredited in 2005 and again as of Friday, September 23, 2011. By maintaining their status as a NIMS accredited program, the staff and faculty at SVAHS have proven continued commitment to maintaining high standards for metalworking training in the state of Massachusetts.
As the last step of the accreditation renewal process, an On-Site Evaluation took place on March 10 of this year and was led by our excellent Team Leader, Mr. Tom Wilks of Jay Sons Screw Machine Parts in Connecticut. Following the one-day audit, Mr. Wilks gathered more than enough evidence to recommend accreditation renewal of the school's Manufacturing Technology Program. In his final evaluation report Mr. Wilks praised the program's clearly demonstrated goals, the cleanliness and organization of the facility itself, and with the relationship between the program and its Advisory Committee, which "is a blend of company owners, students, former students, instructors, and a personnel manager" and "is a driving force in the program."
Congratulations to everyone involved in this process, especially Department Head Jeffrey Lareau and instructor James Kubasek for their dedication to high standards and support for metalworking training programs in education! Special thanks to Tom Wilks for leading this evaluation.
Newly Accredited: Forsyth Technical Community College of Winston-Salem, NC
NIMS is pleased to announce that the Computer-Integrated Machining Program at Forsyth Technical Community College (FTCC) of Winston-Salem, North Carolina has earned its first NIMS Accreditation! Since first applying for accreditation in July 2009, the staff and faculty at FTCC have met NIMS standards and will continue to set the bar for exceptional metalworking training in the state of North Carolina.
The On-Site Evaluation took place on July 18-19 and was led by veteran NIMS Team Leader Mike Davis, Sr. of Davidson County Community College. Assisting Mr. Davis was Industry Representative Rick Grimes of RCR Manufacturing, LLC and Education Representative Garret Parker of Randolph Community College (who will be hosting their own evaluation for program accreditation in Fall 2011). The audit included a facility inspection of the program’s machine shop and a host of in-depth interviews with students, instructors, administrators, program advisory committee members, and local employers. Following these events, the evaluation team gathered enough evidence to recommend full accreditation. In the final report, Mr. Davis had praise for the program’s clear goals for the future, including plans to expand, and for the “solid foundation and support” it receives from the college administration.
Congratulations to everyone involved in this process, especially Program Coordinator and Instructor Todd Bishop for working so actively to secure this accreditation! Special thanks to the Evaluation Team as well, without which this would not be possible!
NIMS-Accredited RCBI Graduates Class of 32 Credentialed Students, Bringing All-Time Total
The following press release was published recently by Robert C. Byrd Institute of Huntington, West Virginia and is published again here with the permission of RCBI.
For Immediate Release
New RCBI Graduates Bring Training Total to 300+
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Thirty-two new students have graduated from the NIMS-accredited training programs at the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI). The 32 graduates earned a total of 103 individual national credentials.
“We’re pleased to report that the members of our Class of 2011 bring to 317 the total number of graduates from our NIMS-accredited Machinist Technology Program,” said Charlotte Weber, RCBI Director & CEO. “And the latest credentials earned by our students bring that total to nearly 1,300.”
In addition to its Machinist Technology Program, RCBI also offers a CNC (Computer- Numeric-Control) Specialist Program.
The RCBI programs include not just classroom instruction but the kind of hands-on training needed to qualify individuals for well-paid and available jobs as machinists. Individuals can choose between full- and part-time coursework.
The programs, Weber said, reflect “RCBI’s determination to focus on high-skilled, better-paying, family-supporting jobs that enhance our economy.”
Graduates of the programs have the option to earn a two-year Associate Degree from the Mountwest (formerly Marshall) Community & Technical College or Potomac State College of West Virginia University. Approximately three-quarters of the programs’ graduates have gone on to earn their Associate Degrees.
RCBI graduates have a job placement rate of more than 90 percent. “That percentage would be even higher except that some of our graduates have opted to continue their education full time before joining the workforce,” Weber said.
Founded in 1990, RCBI provides access to cutting edge technology and technical training to manufacturers across West Virginia and the region. Operating Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centers in Huntington, Charleston, Bridgeport and Rocket Center (near Keyser in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle), its mission includes developing a quality, just-in-time supplier base for the Department of Defense, NASA and the commercial sector.
Accreditation Renewed at Lamar County School of Technology in Vernon, Alabama
We are pleased to announce that for the third time since 2002, the Precision Machining Program at the Lamar County School of Technology (LCST) has been awarded NIMS Accreditation for excellence in metalworking training! The program was previously accredited in 2002, 2006, and again as of today, August 4, 2011. By maintaining their status as a NIMS accredited program, the staff and faculty at LCST have proven continued commitment to maintaining high standards for metalworking training in the state of Alabama.
As the last step of the accreditation renewal process, an On-Site Evaluation took place on July 28 and was led by our excellent Team Leader, Mr. Wes Ellis, Industry Relations Manager for the Alabama Technology Network, which is based from Gadsden State Community College. Following the one-day audit, Mr. Ellis gathered more than enough evidence to recommend accreditation renewal of the school's Precision Machining Program. In his final evaluation report Mr. Ellis had nothing but praise for the program, noting the program's excellent job of training students to meet the skills needs of local industry, which includes many companies that operate on conventional machines.
Congratulations to everyone involved in this process, namely Instructor Dempsey Hatcher for his dedication to high standards and support of metalworking training programs in education! Special thanks to Wes Ellis for leading this evaluation.