NIMS Accredits Two Campuses of Gadsden State Community College in Alabama
NIMS is pleased to announce the official accreditation of not one but two campuses of Gadsden State Community College in Alabama! The Machine Tool Technology at the main campus in Gadsden was awarded their second consecutive accreditation, since first becoming accredited in 2004. From there, we head about thirty miles southeast to Anniston where the Machine Tool Technology program at the Ayers campus received its first NIMS Accreditation in the program’s history. Both programs were accredited as of December 15, 2010.
The On-Site Evaluations took place in early December 2010 and were led by veteran On-Site Evaluation Team Leader Wes Ellis of the Alabama Technology Network, conveniently located in Gadsden as well. Both evaluations added up to three days worth of inspections, interviews, and observations for Wes and his evaluation team. Following both evaluations, the team had the following comments and observations:
In regards to the MTT Program at the Gadsden State Main Campus: “Very good connection between students and industry.” “Good, safe place to work and study.” “Instructor has a steady line of industry communication all year long.” “Good instructional connection with students. Very good at communication.”
In regards to the MTT Program at the Gadsden State Ayers Campus: “Good connect with industry needs, has support of industry.” “Good support and dedication to excellence” from the administration. “Good program, NIMS will serve them well over many years.”
Congratulations to everyone involved in this process, especially Instructors Steve Caldwell at the Ayers Campus and Instructor David Smith at the Gadsden Campus, for making this accreditation a smooth process! As always, thanks to Wes Ellis for another thorough round of evaluations in Alabama.
Tennessee Technology Center in Dickson Receives First-Time NIMS Accreditation
NIMS is pleased to announce the official accreditation of the Machine Tool Technology Program at the Tennessee Technology Center (TTC) in Dickson, TN! Since first applying for accreditation in October 2008, the staff and faculty at TTC - Dickson have done what it takes to align their training program with industry standards, giving their students the tools they need to establish successful careers in U.S. Manufacturing.
To complete the accreditation process, an On-Site Evaluation took place on December 1st and 2nd of this year. The Evaluation Team was made up of:
• Team Leader Sam Hart of Hart Consulting in Loudon, TN
• Industry Representative Gene Ross of Ross Machine in Erin, TN
• Education Representative Ken Potts, Machine Tool Instructor at TTC – Shelbyville, which is currently in the process of earning NIMS Accreditation, as well.
Following the two-day audit, the Evaluation Team voted unanimously to accredit the program, saying “They are clearly focused on the goals and purpose, and have adapted NIMS requirements into the curriculum and outcome at the school. The overall class has a great goal to train and produce quality students for both students and employers. The program is exceptional.”
Congratulations to everyone involved in this process, especially Machine Tool Technology Instructor Bob Collins for all his efforts to earn this award.
Dan Sunia’s Program at Petaluma Earns California’s Golden Bell Award
The Engineering Design and Apprenticeship Trades Skills at Petaluma Joint Union High School District, under the direction of Dan Sunia, has been honored by the California School Boards Association with the award of its prestigious Golden Bell Award.
The Golden Bell Awards program, now in its 31st year, promotes excellence in education by recognizing outstanding programs in school districts and county offices of education throughout California.
The program at Petaluma is NIMS accredited and Mr. Sunia hold four NIMS certifications with his students annually earning NIMS credentials. Mr. Sunia is an active leader in workforce development and education in precision metalworking. Petaluma and Mr. Sunia have been members of the Haas Technical Education Center Network (HTEC) and he was a high school representative on the HTEC National Executive Committee during 2009-2010.
San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board Sponsors Technical Employment Training Inc.
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School Trains Students to Receive Two National Industry Metal Skill NIMS Certifications in Machining
SAN BERNARDINO, CA--(Marketwire - November 30, 2010) - Michael Verrett, an ROP instructor at Technical Employment Training, Inc. (TET), always tells his students that while their six-month training program is free, the real payback comes from their time and focus.
"I tell them they'll pay back the taxpayer when they start working," Verrett said.
With an investment of $190,000 from the San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board, TET is not an ordinary machining school. To drive by the plain, brick building at the San Bernardino International Airport, you'd never guess that inside, 30 students are being given training that will lead them to new careers in high technology manufacturing.
A 501(c)3 business-education cooperative, TET provides everything from text books to tools to bus passes and gas cards as students receive on-the-job training to earn two National Institute for Metalworking Skills Machining Level 1 certifications. All students have to bring is their lunch and a solid commitment to a 630-hour program where they work six hours a day, five days a week. Already, 10 students have jobs waiting for them when they complete the program in February 2011.
Gerald Valencia, a laid-off trucker and father and a student in the program now has hope and optimism for his future.
"When I was first looking for a job, I realized I needed to get retrained if I wanted to get hired," Valencia said.
What made this program stand out and enabled it to receive federal funding administered by the County's Workforce Investment Board were the multiple benefits provided to the dislocated worker and local business, and the stated need of local employers for trained and skilled machinists. Basically, jobs were readily available to highly skilled machinists.
"Not only are we opening the door to a new career for dislocated workers, companies receive incentives if they bring jobs to the school which in turn allows students to receive hands-on training and the school to become financially self-sufficient," said Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board and Director of the Workforce Development Department in San Bernardino County.
Presently, students are fabricating tools that will create metal clips to be used on solar panels for the lighting systems in the airport parking lot.
Pascal Walsh, an instructor with 38 years of experience in machining, is like a mother, father and counselor to his students. "When I die, I'll take my skills with me," he said. "This is the perfect opportunity to pass along my experience to people who will use it."
The last training block of the program will be resumé writing and interviewing with the goal that every student will have a job come February 2011. Overseen by the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board, TET maintains detailed records of student attendance and progress.
"This is the perfect environment to prepare our students for the real-world workplace," said Verrett. "They have to clock in and do the work and in doing so, we're strengthening their confidence and self-esteem."
About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County Board of Supervisors. The Board strives to strengthen the skills of the County's workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations.
The Workforce Investment Board, through the County's Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County's Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County's businesses including employee recruitment.
Harry Moser Named to Industry Week’s Manufacturing Hall of Fame
NIMS Board member Harry Moser has been named to the Manufacturing Dream Team - the Manufacturing Hall of Fame as selected by Industry Week Magazine. Mr. Moser is Chairman Emeritus of GF Agie Charmilles. He is one of ten manufacturing leaders selected for the honor.
During his 25 year tenure with Agie Charmilles, Mr. Moser worked tirelessly in promoting careers in metalworking to the nation’s workforce, demonstrating the advantages of becoming engaged in precision manufacturing. He was an annual sponsor of the NTMA-NIMS Apprenticeship Competition.
Mr. Moser has been active with many trade associations and received the Distinguished Member Award from the National Tooling and Machining Association and was named Mold Maker of the year by the Society of Plastics Engineers.
He is currently at the forefront of the Reshoring Initiative, a program to return manufacturing jobs to the United States, Details on the Reshoring Initiative can been found at http://www.reshorenow.org.