Officially Accredited: Carroll Co. Career & Technology Center
May 26, 2011 ---
NIMS is pleased to announce the official accreditation of the Manufacturing & Machine Technologies Program at the Carroll County Career & Technology Center in Wesminster, Maryland! Since first applying for accreditation in March 2009, the staff and faculty at Carroll Co. CTC have aligned their training program with industry standards, giving their students the tools they need to establish successful careers in the nation's industry. What makes this even more special, is that this is the first secondary program in the entire state of Maryland to complete the accreditation process and earn the formal accreditation!
To complete the accreditation process, an On-Site Evaluation took place on May 5th and 6th of this year. The Evaluation Team was made up of: • Team Leader Gregory Chambers of Oberg Industries, Inc. in Freeport, PA. Mr. Chambers is also Chair of the NIMS Board of Directors.
• Industry Representative Montez King of the Magna Baltimore Technical Training Center in Baltimore, MD.
• Education Representative Cole Walker of Manchester Valley High School in Manchester, MD.
Following the two-day audit, the Evaluation Team voted unanimously to accredit the program. The following remarks were made in the post-evaluation report:
• The purpose of the program aligns very well with industry needs.
• Regarding equipment, tooling, and measuring devices, the program has an adequate supply thanks to local employers providing items upon request. The team also noted that these same employers are actively contacting the program to fill employee shortages.
• The Career Center's administration strongly supports the program and understands the role it serves in the local economy.
Congratulations to everyone involved in this process, especially Principal Kate Engel, Assistant Supervisor for Career & Technical Education Ted McNett, and Instructor Tim Blizzard for all their efforts to earn this accreditation. Special thanks go to the evlauation team as well, without whom this would not have been possible: Greg Chambers, Montez King, and Cole Walker.
Machine Tool Program Renews Accreditation at Shelby County Area Technology Center
Keeping up with today’s industry skills standards, the Machine Tool Program at Shelby County Area Technology Center (ATC) in Shelbyville, Kentucky has renewed its NIMS Accreditation! This is Shelby County ATC's second official accreditation since first becoming accredited in June 2005.
The On-Site Evaluation for Accreditation took place on March 23, 2011 and was led by veteran NIMS Team Leader Joe Waskevich of JCIM in Louisville. Following the one-day audit, Joe felt confident enough in the program to recommend their accreditation be renewed. In his final report, he said the following:
“Overall the program is solid. This is based on extensive knowledge and experience of the instructor, and excellent support from the administration. Principal Wiley makes sure that the program is well funded and takes an active role in the day to day well-being of the students. Instructor Mike Clark uses various techniques that keep his students engaged and excited about the trade. He also supplements the curriculum to insure that the skills to meet NIMS Credentials are covered. Students are kept challeneged by increasingly difficult tasks.”
Congratulations to everyone involved in this accreditation renewal, especially Instructor Mike Clark and Principal Susan Wiley!
Special thanks to Joe Waskevich for administering this On-Site Evaluation for Accreditation!
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National SkillsUSA Championships for Precision Machining & CNC Skills Set for Kansas City
The Precision Machining Technology, CNC Milling, and CNC Turning Championships will be held during the week of June 21st-24th in Kansas City, Missouri as part of the 2011 SkillsUSA National Championships.
The competitors have proven themselves as the best in their respective states as this contest brings together gold medal winners from each state with separate competitions at secondary and post-secondary levels. SkillsUSA, a national non-profit with student chapters throughout the country, organizes these competitions as a showcase for the best career and technical students in the nation. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels.
This is a multi-million dollar event that occupies a space equivalent to 16 football fields. In 2009 there were more than 5,400 contestants in 91 separate events. Nearly 1,500 judges and contest organizers from labor and management will make the national event possible this year. NIMS coordinates the Precision Machining Technology and CNC National Contests which are based on NIMS Levels I & II Machining Skill Standards.
Key industry supporters with NIMS for the Competition are Haas Automation, Sandvik-Coromant, LS Starrett, and Industrial Press. NIMS has also had the support of the Association for Manufacturing Technology, the Precision Metalforming Association Foundation and the National Tooling and Machining Foundation.
This year, Haas is enabling NIMS to coordinate both the Precision Machining Technology (PMT) Competition and the CNC Milling and Turning Competitions. The PMT contest includes two CNC programming components in addition to a variety of manual skills components. Just as the PMT contest brings together state gold medalists in overall machining, the CNC competition involves state gold medalists who have specialized in the CNC Milling and Turning Competitions in their states. At the National Championships in Kansas City, the separate CNC Milling and CNC Turning Contests will incorporate more complex parts and thus require the candidates to create more complex programs.
Bob Skodzinsky, Manager at Haas Technical Education Center Network, said "We at Haas Automation, Inc. and our Haas Technical Education Center Network are very pleased to add our support for the CNC Milling & CNC Turning Contests to our current PMT/CNC Programming events. We will be supplying 36 state-of-the-art Haas CNC Programming Panels for the contestants to create their CNC programs and test their programming skills. We will also supply two 2011 Haas CNC machines, a mill & a lathe, to machine contest parts from successfully written programs."
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The NIMS Expert Panel has finalized the competencies that will be at the heart of the National Guidelines for Apprentice Standards for NIMS Competency-Based Apprenticeship in six occupations including Machinist, CNC Machinist, Tool and Die Maker, Mold Maker, CNC Operator and Press Set-Up Operator. The revisions to the current NIMS Guideline Standards will be submitted to the Office of Apprenticeship for certification.
Following the Office of Apprenticeship certification, NIMS will implement the new apprenticeships on a national basis and has been preparing the Precision Manufacturing Industry for the roll-out of the new standards in the third quarter of 2011.
The Expert Panel work follows months of highly disciplined deliberation by five NIMS Technical Workgroups comprised of subject matter experts from precision manufacturing companies. The workgroups completed a job task analysis for each occupation, reviewing and reaching consensus in ranking detailed duties and task statements for each metalworking occupation.
In reviewing existing registered apprentice occupations and creating new ones for its National Guideline Standards, NIMS is being supported with funding from the Office of Apprenticeship, Employment and Training administration, U. S. Department of Labor.
The members of the NIMS Expert Panel are Sherrie Williams (Boeing), Greg Chambers (Oberg Industries, NIMS Board Chair), Roy Sweatman (Southern Manufacturing Technologies), Kenneth L. Heins (KLH Industries), Robert H. Laudeman (United States Department of Labor), Bob Skodzinsky (Haas Technical Education Center Network), Daniel Kiraly (Tooling and Manufacturing Association), Ron Kreuger (Eaton Hydraulics), and James Wall (NIMS),