Save the Date for the 2010 Manufacturing Summit, Nov. 8-9
Recruiting, training and retaining a globally competitive workforce will be the theme of the 2010 Manufacturing Summit to be held on November 8th-9th in Washington, DC. The Summit is co-sponsored by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) and the Swiss Confederation.
The Summit will focus on best practices in precision manufacturing and will feature policy leaders and practitioners from industry, education, labor and government. A pre-summit reception for attendees and their spouses will be held the evening of November 8th at the Embassy of Switzerland. The day long working conference will be held on November 9th at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center.
Please check back over the coming months for more news on this event!
NIMS to Begin Development of Precision Assembly Standards
We are pleased to announce that NIMS will develop National Standards for a compentency-based apprenticeship program within the occupation of precision assembler. NIMS is embarking on this project as a result of ever-increasing interest and requests by the precision manufacturing industry. This work is made possible through a grant from the Employment & Training Administration of the United States Department of Labor to advance 21st Century Apprenticeship.
For more information on this project or to learn how you can become involved, please contact NIMS Executive Director Stephen C. Mandes by email at email@example.com.
To learn more about 21st Century Competency-Based Apprenticehip, please visit the Apprenticeship Tab of this site.
The re-accreditation process, led by RCBI’s Director of Engineering Rick Martin, was initiated and completed in less than one year – an impressive turn around for any program seeking the NIMS award. In just over 10 months, both programs applied for re-accreditation, completed the Self-Study Kit, hosted an On-Site Evaluation at both campuses – led by NIMS Team Leader Joan Cook of RICOWI, Inc. – and attended to a short list of items requiring correction before re-accreditation would be officially awarded.
Following the On-Site Evaluation, Joan Cook said the following:
“Rocket Center is a wonderful facility with supportive administration, quality staff, and a good program. Bridgeport is a unique facility where the staff and the administration are genuinely interested in maximizing its potential for the benefit of the employers. Maximizing these programs will help RCBI to continue to build credibility as a premier source of assistance to the manufacturing industry.” Congratulations to the staff and faculty at both campuses of RCBI on this accreditation! Special thanks for Rick Martin and Joan Cook for their leadership in this process!
For more information on RCBI's Machinist Technology Program in Bridgeport, WV or Rocket Center, WV, please contact Director of Engineering Rick Martin at (304) 781-1681 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now Accredited: Reading Muhlenberg Career & Technology Center
Left to Right: Allison Larson, Supervisor of Curriculum; Andrew Klein, Machine Tool Technology Teacher; Gerald (Jere) P. Witmer, Jr., Administrative Director
NIMS is pleased to announce the official Accreditation of the Machine Shop Technology Program at Reading Muhlenberg Career and Technology Center of Reading, PA!
Since first applying for accreditation in November 2008, the staff and faculty at Reading Muhlenberg have done what it takes to make their training on par with industry standards. Reflecting on the accreditation process, Machine Shop Technology Teacher Andrew Klein said “It was a lot of hard work, but the long term payoff for our students made it well worth it.”
The On-Site Evaluation took place on January 26th and 27th of this year. Making up the Evaluation Team was:
• Team Leader Erik Damgaard of Berks Career & Technology Center
• Education Representative Frank Torrente of North Montco Technical Career Center
• Industry Representative Kurt Heinly of Teleflex Medical
Following the two-day audit, the Evaluation Team voted unanimously to accredit the program, saying “...Program has a good foundation for future success. This foundation includes a dedicated instructor, a committed administration, a solid curriculum and an active OAC (Occupational Advisory Committee)."
Congratulations to everyone involved in this process, especially Machine Shop Technology Teacher Andrew Klein, for making this accreditation possible!
If you've taken an exam through the NIMS Online Testing Center, then you might have noticed that many of our online exams have questions that require reference material - reference materials that can be found in the Shop Reference for Students and Apprentices from Machinery's Handbook (2nd Ed.). This and the Machinery's Handbook are the only texts allowed by NIMS during online testing, so take advantage of this opportunity and arm yourself, your students, your trainees, or your apprentices with the tools they need to earn NIMS Credentials!
Right now NIMS is offering the Shop Reference for Students and Apprentices from Machinery's Handbook (2nd Ed.) for $26.95 each, plus shipping. Contact NIMS directly for more information or to place an order for your training program...