U.S. Department of Education Visits NIMS-Accredited Carroll Co. Career & Technology Center
In response to the President’s call in his State of the Union address for a greater investment of funds to “prepare for jobs of tomorrow,” the Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) is embarking on a month-long series of visits to model programs across the country. Carroll County Public Schools was chosen as the first stop in the series of visits to showcase exemplary career programs focused on advanced manufacturing and the Manufacturing and Machine Technologies (MMT) program at Carroll County Career and Technology Center (CCCTC) was selected as a result of having recently received NIMS Accreditation. Brenda Dann-Messier, United States Department of Education's Assistant Secretary for the OVAE, and Deputy Assistant Secretary Johan Uvin were joined by several key policy staffers from the Department, as well as numerous State and local officials including Assistant State Superintendent Katharine Oliver and Superintendent of Carroll County Schools, Stephen Guthrie.
NIMS Interim Director James Wall and Director of Accreditation Catherine Ross were in attendance, with Mr. Wall contributing to the event as a panelist in a roundtable discussion that was facilitated by Assistant Secretary Dann-Messier and Deputy Assistant Secretary Uvin. The panel shared insight on the types of practices that are censure high quality career programs in advanced manufacturing. The Assistant Secretary's questions highlighted the need for national industry certifications and she showed very strong support for the NIMS mission. Several other local industry people echoed the importance of our certifications.
Following this discussion, attendees were invited to take a student-led tour, in which attendees could learn about the equipment and their processes from students that are currently enrolled in classes at the Center. Among those students was a recent graduate of the program, who emphasized that having earned NIMS Credentials led directly to his being hired by General Dynamics.
Attendees then convened for a second roundtable discussion, this time highlighting the perspectives and experiences of current students, their parents, and of recent graduates. These panel members voiced their support for career-technical education and noted that the program met students' needs for applied learning in a highly technical, hands-on environment. Students included on this panel ranged from first- or second-year students, to one who had only been in the program for a week, but was already convinced that he had made the right choice for pursuing his long-term career goals.
Newly Accredited: Oliver Wolcott Technical High School
NIMS is pleased to announce the official accreditation of the Manufacturing Technology Program at Oliver Wolcott Technical High School in Torrington, Connecticut! Since first applying for accreditation in early 2009, the staff and faculty at Oliver Wolcott have met NIMS standards and will continue to set the bar for exceptional metalworking training for secondary students in the state of Connecticut.
To complete the accreditation audit, an On-Site Evaluation took place at the Oliver Wolcott facility on November 15-16, which was conducted by veteran NIMS Evaluation Team Leader Tom Wilks of Jay Sons Screw Machine Products in Plantsville, CT and Manufacturing Technology Instructor Dave Tuttle of Platt Technical High School in Milford, CT, whose own program is currently seeking accreditation, as well.
The audit included a facility inspection of the program’s metalworking 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, giving the program very high ratings in the areas of Program Purpose, Facilities/Equipment, Tooling & Measuring Devices, Administration Support, and Instructional Staff.
Congratulations to everyone involved in this process, especially Department Head Larry Pomerleau and Instructor Frank Lakomski for working so actively to secure this accreditation!Special thanks to the Evaluation Team as well, without which this would not be possible!
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Newly Accredited: Leyden High School in Franklin Park, IL
NIMS is pleased to announce the official accreditation of the Metals Program at Leyden High School in Franklin Park, Illinois! Since first applying for accreditation in July 2009, the staff and faculty at Leyden High have met NIMS standards and will continue to set the bar for exceptional metalworking training for secondary students in the state of Illinois.
To complete the accreditation audit, an On-Site Evaluation took place at Leyden’s facility on November 1-2, and was led by NIMS Team Leader Joan Cook. Assisting Mrs. Cook was Industry Representative Jack Krikorian of Rexam in Buffalo Grove, IL, and Education Representative Russ Bartz of South Elgin High School in South Elgin, IL (who is currently pursuing NIMS accreditation of his own metalworking program).
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 and they made the following notes:
--Leyden’s program has exceptional connections with industry.The program has a website that has a new look and is very technically savvy!
--Nice, clean shop.Equipment is in good shape and tooling is very sufficient.All organized well and readily available for the students.
--Program has very good administration support and commitment.
--Instructor Holthouse has all the NIMS Credentials in the areas applied for with the accreditation.He is passionate about the program, industry, and students.Mr. Holthouse is doing an exceptional job building the program to deliver the skills needed.Additionally he serves internships at Advisory Committee companies during the summer.
In their final report, the Evaluation Team “felt this is an exceptional program with an excellent instructor and industry support!The shop is clean, well equipped.The program is balanced and well structured, providing lots of opportunities for the students.”
Congratulations to everyone involved in this process, especially Instructor and Department Chair Frank Holthouse for working so actively to secure this accreditation!Special thanks to the Evaluation Team as well, without which this would not be possible!
Accreditation Renewed at Mahoning County Career & Technical Center
Keeping up with today’s industry skills standards, the Manufacturing Technology – Precision Machine Program at Mahoning County Career & Technical Center (MCCTC) in Canfield, Ohio has renewed its NIMS Accreditation! This is MCCTC’s second consecutive accreditation since first receiving the title in July 2003 and that means the Manufacturing Technology – Precision Machine Program has once again demonstrated its ability to meet the highest industry standards in metalworking training.
The On-Site Evaluation for Accreditation Renewal occurred on November 29, 2011 and was led by veteran NIMS Team Leader Joan Cook of RICOWI in the Akron area. Following the one-day audit, Ms. Cook felt more than confident enough to recommend the accreditation renewal of this program, noting the continued success in training to meet the needs of local industry, the excellent condition of the training facility (as well as equipment, tooling & measuring devices), the daily reinforcement of safety as a priority, the strong support from MCCTC’s administration, and the value of having excellent instructor leading the way.
Congratulations to everyone involved in this accreditation renewal, especially Manufacturing Technology – Precision Machine Instructor Richard Stap and Career Technical Supervisor Thomas Kempe! Special thanks to Joan Cook for conducting the on-site audit.
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