Right Skills Now: A Fast Track Manufacturing Training Program to Bridge the Skills Gap
Right Skills Now is a fast track precision manufacturing training program designed to enable both job seekers and employers meet the current demand for skilled workers. The program features four NIMS credentials and is being piloted in Minnesota. Right Skills Now was developed by a team from NIMS, the Manufacturing Institute, ACT, Dunwoody College of Technology and South Central College, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and manufacturing companies including Productivity Inc. Darlene Miller, CEO of Permac Industries and a member of the President’s Council was instrumental in spearheaded the program.
Right Skills Now incorporates 16 weeks of manufacturing skills training at the community colleges followed by on the job internships with manufacturers. Trainees will initially be assessed and certified using ACT’s National Career Readiness Certificate. They will earn four NIMS credentials including two in Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) Operations.
Pilot Companies Wanted for 21st Century NIMS Competency-based Apprenticeship Programs
NIMS has completed new competency-based apprenticeships for Machinist, CNC Machinist CNC Operator, Tool and Die Maker and Mold Maker. Companies are now sought to pilot these new and exciting approaches to training in precision manufacturing.
The apprenticeship programs have been through a complete review by industry workgroups and incorporate NIMS standards and certifications
There are a host of benefits that will apply to pilot companies. For details and other information companies are encourage to contact Stephen Mandes at smandes@nims-skills or at (703) 352-4971
Newly Accredited: Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield, ME
NIMS is pleased to announce that the Precision Machining Technology Program at Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) officially earned its first NIMS Accreditation on Thursday, October 6, 2011! Since first applying for accreditation in March 2007, the staff and faculty at KVCC have met NIMS standards and set the bar for exceptional metalworking training in the state of Maine.Congratulations to everyone involved in this process, especially Instructor and Program Coordinator Steven Davis for all of his effort in making this accreditation possible.
Instructor & Program Coorindator Steven Davis (left) with Precision Machining Technology students.
Newly Accredited: Wilbur Wright College’s Humboldt Park Vocational Education Center in Chicago, IL
NIMS is pleased to announce the official accreditation of the CNC Program at Wilbur Wright College’s Humboldt Park Vocational Education Center (HPVEC) in Chicago, Illinois! Since first applying for accreditation in June of this year, the staff and faculty at HPVEC have met NIMS standards and will continue to set the bar for exceptional metalworking training in the state of Illinois.
To complete the accreditation audit, an On-Site Evaluation took place at the HPVEC facility on July 11-12 and was led by NIMS Team Leader Dan Kiraly. Assisting Mr. Kiraly was Industry Representative Walt Oakley and Education Representative Dan Filipek. The audit included a facility inspection of the program’s 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 accreditation, noting in the final report that the program displayed strong connections with feeder programs and local needs, a high level of safety, housekeeping and maintenance within the physical facility, a curriculum that is current to industry standards and includes opportunities for students to earn NIMS credentials, and finally an excellent administration, faculty, and advisory committee supporting the program and its students’ interests.
Congratulations to everyone involved in this process, especially Associate Dean of Instruction Marc Smierciak and Lead CNC Instructor Bryant Redd for working so actively to secure this accreditation!Special thanks to the Evaluation Team as well, without which this would not be possible!
Sandvik Coromant is "Bridging the Skills Gap" from Coast to Coast
Sixty manufacturers and educators turned out at Calhoun Community College in Tanner, AL on September 15th to participate in the “Bridging the Skills Gap” event, part of the nationwide series of educational seminars being conducted by Sandvik Coromant. The seminar focused on the existing shortage of skilled manufacturing workers, as well as the increasing need for highly skilled workers projected in the coming decade. With NIMS as a partner, Sandvik Coromant discussed the challenges in the metal cutting industry and what metalworking professionals can do to improve their skills and gain certification based on NIMS standards.
Kicking off the event, John Pusatera, Training Specialist at Sandvik Coromant US, presented “The Development of the Metal Cutting Industry.” The presentation looked into the current position of US manufacturing and the misconceptions that have plagued the industry in recent years. For example, one of these misconceptions is that nothing is made in the US anymore, but Mr. Pusatera points out that according to the CIA World Factbook, the US still leads the world in manufacturing, far out-performing the other major manufacturing producers in the world. Attendees also learned about the contributions of manufacturing to the American economy as it remains the major engine of growth in productivity.
Mr. Pusatera noted that according to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), eighty percent of manufacturers today report difficulty in finding skilled workers. Within the next 10 years the nation will have 70 million people leaving the workforce with just 40 million replacing them, according to Fortune. Pusatera stated that the industry needs to invest in new technologies, practices, and processes in order to attract the best and the brightest minds to manufacturing.
Among the resources that are available for manufacturers in meeting the challenge of skilled labor is the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). At the event, NIMS offered their assistance to participants in meeting the skills challenge by presenting its 21st Century tools to train an advanced manufacturing workforce using 52 certifications, accreditation of programs, competency-based training – including apprenticeship – and the development and certification of trainers.
James Michael Blizzard, recently retired head of manufacturing at Calhoun Community College, represented NIMS in the Alabama event. Mr. Blizzard is the holder of 22 NIMS manufacturing credentials.
For information on future dates and locations for the “Bridging the Skills Gap” event, visit www.myyellowcoat.com/bridgingthegap.