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...
Petaluma High School Program Sets the Bar for California with Accreditation
Congratulations to the Metalworking Technology Program at Petaluma High School on their recent Accreditation Award, making Petaluma the only NIMS-Accredited secondary program in the state of California. By earning this accreditation award, the program has aligned its training with the same skills that industry and manufacturing employers find so desirable in their employees.
This award comes after a rigorous series of evaluations, as required by NIMS Accreditation Policy, which include: an intensive Self-Study Kit completed by the program's staff, and a complex two-day On-Site Evaluation that included a safety and equipment inspection of the high school's facility, plus interviews with instructors, administrators, students, advisory committee members and local area employers to fully gauge the impact made by the school's training.
Following the evaluation, the On-Site Team had this to say: "We feel this program is invaluable for the region. It can, in the future, be an anchor for manufacturing education in Northern California."
Congratulations to everyone involved at Petaluma High School, especially our evaluation team members and Instructor Dan Sunia, who facilitated the accreditation process!
Old Colony RVT High School Awarded Re-Accreditation
Congratulations to the Machine & Tool Technology Program at Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School of Rochester, Massachusetts on earning NIMS Re-Accreditation this past month! This is the program's second accreditation award, as it was first accredited in 2005.
NIMS Team Leader Michael Tamasi, of AccuRounds (Avon, MA), led the one day On-Site Evaluation following the program's submission of a passing Self Study Kit for Re-Accreditation. In his final report, Tamasi had this to say:
"I was extremely impressed with OCRVTHS's Machine and Tool Program. The solid commitment from school management to each program and to industry is exactly what NIMS strives to see at the high school level. The instructors were very impressive, the students were very engaged and the advisory committee members/employers were excited when talking about the program. The administration fully supports the teachers, students and the NIMS program."
Thanks to Michael Tamasi for taking on the evaluation, as well as a big thanks to all school faculty and staff members who made this award attainable and who continue to make this a strong secondary program!
For more information on the Machine and Tool Technology Program at Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School, please contact Machine Instructor Daniel E. Ducharme at (508) 763-8011, ext. 136.