-Competition Plaques for Precision Machining Finalists -- $2,500
-Precision Machining Technology Textbook for Precision Machining Finalists -- $5,325
-Recognition Plaques for Precision Machining Sponsors -- $2,500
-Precision Machining Technology Textbook for Precision Machining Sponsors -- $5,325
-NIMS Instructor Scholarships -- $5,775
-Special SkillsUSA 2012 Edition of the NIMS Newsletter, The Standard -- $2,500
-Food & Beverage Provisions for Precision Machining Finalists, June 25 -- $3,800
-Food & Beverage Provisions for Precision Machining Finalists, June 26 -- $3,800
-Backpacks for Precision Machining Finalists -- $5,500
Advertise in the 2012 SkillsUSA CNC & Precision Machining Technology Championship Program Guide. This program book is given to all student finalists, instructors, educators, competition judges, sponsors, as well as the general public.
The Machining Technology Program applied for accreditation in August 2010 and since then the College’s the staff and faculty have taken action to ensure their curriculum meets NIMS standards and includes NIMS credentialing opportunities for students.Program instructors have each earned CNC credentials through NIMS and we expect the College will continue setting the bar for exceptional metalworking training for post-secondary students and adults in the state of Florida.
On March 14 and 15, a NIMS On-Site Evaluation Team traveled to Lake Worth to conduct a two-day audit of the program and its facility.Leading the Team was NIMS Interim Director James Wall, Industry Representative Bob Skodzinsky (of Haas HTEC Network and a member of the NIMS Board of Directors) and Education Representative Roger Rowan of nearby Daytona State College.The Evaluation Team had high praise for the program’s clearly stated goals and mission, their clean, well-organized facility and collection of tooling and measuring devices, as well as an outstanding faculty, advisory committee, and continued support from the College administration.
Congratulations to everyone involved in this process, especially Palm Beach State College’s Instructors: Andrew Geppert, Robert Jennings, and Joe Brewster, as well as Associate Dean Eric Kennedy!Special thanks also go to the Evaluation Team, without which this would not be possible!
This award will be distributed to medalists in the Precision Machining Technology contest, the CNC Milling Contest, and the CNC Turning Contest - at both the secondary and post-secondary levels of competition. Gold medalists will receive $2,000, silver medalists will receive $1,500, and bronze medalists will receive $1,000 to support continued learning after the June contests.
The SME Education Foundation established the award program to support their ongoing efforts to "align education and training to the needs of employers and job-seekers, and help manufacturers to differentiate themselves through innovation and a highly skilled workforce."
For more information on the machining contests of the National Championship at SkillsUSA 2012, or to become involved in the contests, please enroll in our e-newsletter mailing list for news and updates.
Newly Accredited: Rock Valley College & TechWorks / EIGERlab in Rockford, IL
NIMS is pleased to announce a dual accreditation of Rock Valley College's Manufacturing Engineering Technology Program and of the Fast-Track training program at TechWorks/EIGERlab, both of which are located in Rockford, Illinois! Since first applying for accreditation in November 2009, the staff and faculty at Rock Valley College and TechWorks/EIGERlab have taken action to ensure their programs meet NIMS standards and these programs will continue to set the bar for exceptional metalworking training for post-secondary students and adult trainees in the state of Illinois.
In recent years TechWorks / EIGERlab partnered with Rock Valley College to create a Fast-Track training program that not only provides trainees with the opportunity to learn basic machining theory and application in an accelerated time period, but trainees also learn to program and/or operate a CNC lathe or mill. To top it off, trainees are givien the chance to have these skills certified by earning one or more NIMS CNC Credentials. All this is in addition to Rock Valley College's excellent for-credit Manufacturing Engineering Technology Program that is open to all students enrolled at the college.
To complete the accreditation audit, an On-Site Evaluation took place on January 30-31 and was led by NIMS Team Leader Ron Krueger, along with local Industry Representative Brad Wagner (Anpec Industries, Inc. - Pecatonica, IL) and Education Representative Bryant Redd (Wilbur Wright College - Humboldt Park Vocational Education Center, also a recently accredited program!).
The audit included a facility inspection at the college and at the TechWorks / EIGERlab location, as well as 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 praise-worthy notes:
--The program has all the elements to provide its students with the needed knowledge to be successful in the metalworking industry. Both shops have a good selection of tooling and machines... and all the machines were in good repair.
--From talking to the employers, the administration is doing good job of supporting the program and getting the supplies and materials that is needed to run the program.
--The staff has a combined 70 years of experience in the metalworking field. They are also willing to go out and continue their training in any areas that are needed to help teach the students the skills that they need.
--This advisory committee was one of the best I have seen. The committee meets monthly and has plenty of input into the program. They have helped to get the school tooling and equipment, and are a driving force that helps ensure that they get good quality employees from the program.
Congratulations to everyone involved in this process, especially TechWorks/EIGERlab's Business Development Director Dave Morgan, Rock Valley College's Associate Dean of Business, CIS, & Engineering Richard Gocken, not to mention the faculty and staff at both locations for working so actively to secure this dual accreditation!Special thanks to the Evaluation Team as well, without which this would not be possible!
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.