The first quarter of 2010 has been a busy one for the NIMS Accreditation Department, boasting six programs accredited in just three months, and the past two weeks have been no exception with four newly accredited programs! Ranging from Pennsylvania to Virginia to the state of Washington, secondary and post-secondary programs are feeling the benefits of accreditation.
John Tyler Community College is celebrating the third consecutive accreditation of their Precision Machining Technology Program, which equates to 10 years of being accredited by NIMS. Instructor Les Bell welcomed NIMS Deputy Director James Wall, who conducted the On-Site Evaluation at the program's facility in Chester, Virginia and was nothing short of impressed by the program's mission and features, as well as the staff, advisory committee involvement, and overall attention to safety. For more information on this program, please contact Instructor Les Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org or (804) 706-5077 or visit the program's website.
Next we travel north to Schnecksville, PA where Lehigh Career & Technical Institute's Precision Machine Tool Technology Program is hanging their third consecutive NIMS Accreditation plaque as well. Instructor Richard Bosse, who has earned an impressive 10 NIMS credentials, recently spent a day with On-Site Team Leader David Stauffer (Lancaster Co. CTC) at LCTI where the machine shop is home to 18 CNC machining centers! In a final report Stauffer noted that the program "is extremely strong in every aspect. Strong leadership continually drives the program to excellence. They are solidly committed to the success of the students." For more information on this program, please contact Instructor Richard Bosse at email@example.com or (610) 799-1428 or visit the program's website.
Heading to the western side of Pennsylvania to Latrobe, the Machine Tool Technology Program at Eastern Westmoreland Career & Technology Center has just been awarded its second accreditation since first seeking the award nine years ago. NIMS Chairman Greg Chambers led the On-Site Evaluation and had only praise for the program's focus on meeting the needs of employers, stating that the program's goals are "strongly tied to employment and students were aware of this." For more information on this program, please contact Instructor Kenneth A. Pedder at firstname.lastname@example.org or (724) 539-9788 ext. 328 or visit the program's website.
Shifting to the Pacific Northwest, the CNC Machinist Program at Shoreline Community College can celebrate their first official Accreditation Award, making Shoreline the sole NIMS accredited program currently in the state of Washington. Following the On-Site Evaluation led by NIMS Board of Directors member Mark Lashinske, Instructor Keith Smith found the entire accreditation process to be extremely useful, stating that "this program has helped both the program and me as a teacher. Everything from reviewing safety to curriculum has helped make this a better learning environment." After all, isn't that the goal? For more information on this program, please contact Instructor Keith Smith at email@example.com or (206) 546-6969 or visit the program's website.
To learn more about the benefits of accreditation or to find out how your program can become accredited, please contact NIMS Director of Accreditations Catherine Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 352-4971 or view our website.
At last! The national media is portraying manufacturing careers in the light of today’s reality.
A recent CNN piece focuses on CNC programming and operation in the manufacturing of parts at ADEX Machining Technologies in Greenville, SC. While this “New Face of Blue Collar Workers” is commonplace among today’s companies, the video from CNN’s Tony Harris show is very revealing to the general public and goes a long way in dispelling the old stereotype of manufacturing. Just as interesting is the featured company statement that is is having difficulty in finding qualified workers.
NIMS offers eight certifications in CNC Programming, Setup and Operations, ranging from entry level operators and programmers through a master level and these are the fastest growing of the NIMS array of certifications. For more information on the NIMS certifications, see our Credentialing Page or contact Meredith Goff at email@example.com or Catherine Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lake Michigan College Earns Re-Accreditation Award
Following a March 12th On-Site Evaluation led by NIMS Team Leader Scott McConnelee of Mapal Tool, the Machine Tool Technology Program at Lake Michigan College (LMC) in Benton Harbor has officially earned NIMS Re-Accreditation.
Initially accredited in 2002, Ken Flowers, Department Chair for Technologies at LMC, contacted NIMS in the Fall of 2007 to re-accredit the program. Like all other programs seeking re-accreditation, an application was sent to NIMS, the Self Study for Re-Accreditation was completed, and a one-day On-Site Evaluation was performed. Team Leader Scott McConnelee had high praise following the On-Site visit:
"I was pleasantly surprised to see such a quality program to train students to prepare them for job placement. The students loved being in the program and instructors for being tough on them to do it right. The students have all placed in the top seven of the MITES competition. They take students on field trips, plant tours, to tooling shows, etc."
OJT Trainer Workshop Set for Pittsburgh - April 22-23
NIMS will conduct a workshop to train and certify company employees as OJT Trainers on April 22-23 in Pittsburgh.
This is a professionally facilitated workshop in which participants will learn the competencies required for OJT Trainers. They will have an opportunity to apply the concepts in three separate hands-on demonstrations.
The first day will cover the four competencies required for OJT Trainer including Training Methodology, Communications, Coaching and Adult Learning Behavior. During the second day, each participant will be able to earn all three of the required sets of skill checks for the NIMS OJT Trainer Performance Demonstration Report. The participants will take the on-line examinations at the close of the workshop session.
The NIMS workshop is a complete package and includes, for each participant, the OJT Trainer Workbook, registration in the NIMS Online Testing System, and the OJT Trainer Certification Exam.
Persons interested in this and other NIMS OJT Workshops should contact Catherine Ross at email@example.com or 703-352-4971.