Accreditation Renewed at Lincoln County Area Technology Center
We are pleased to announce that for the second time since 2005, and as of Monday, November 7, 2011, the Machine Tool Technology Program at the Lincoln County Area Technology Center (ATC) has been awarded NIMS Accreditation for excellence in metalworking training. By maintaining their status as a NIMS accredited program, the staff and faculty at Lincoln County ATC have proven continued commitment to maintaining high standards for metalworking training in the state of Kentucky.
As the last step of the accreditation renewal process, an On-Site Evaluation took place on October 7 of this year and was led by our excellent Team Leader, Joe Waskevich of JCIM II in Louisville. Following the one-day audit, Mr. Waskevich gathered more than enough evidence to recommend accreditation renewal of the Machine Tool Technology Program. In his final evaluation report Mr. Waskevich noted:
“Overall the program is solid and does an excellent job in training the students to not only meet the skills required for NIMS credentials, but the instructor instills practical life skills so that the students are prepared for working in the industry upon graduation.”
Congratulations to everyone involved in this process, especially Machine Tool Instructor James Preston and Principal Amy Tracy for their dedication to high standards and support for metalworking training programs in education! Special thanks to Joe Waskevich for leading this evaluation.
Did you know that NIMS accredits educational training programs and company training programs? Look over our accreditation page to learn how your training program can become accredited and be sure to read our List of Accredited Programs to find a top notch training program near you!
Accreditation questions? Just contact Director of Accreditation Catherine Ross at email@example.com or at (703) 352-4971.
Right Skills Now: A Fast Track Manufacturing Training Program to Bridge the Skills Gap
Right Skills Now is a fast track precision manufacturing training program designed to enable both job seekers and employers meet the current demand for skilled workers. The program features four NIMS credentials and is being piloted in Minnesota. Right Skills Now was developed by a team from NIMS, the Manufacturing Institute, ACT, Dunwoody College of Technology and South Central College, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and manufacturing companies including Productivity Inc. Darlene Miller, CEO of Permac Industries and a member of the President’s Council was instrumental in spearheaded the program.
Right Skills Now incorporates 16 weeks of manufacturing skills training at the community colleges followed by on the job internships with manufacturers. Trainees will initially be assessed and certified using ACT’s National Career Readiness Certificate. They will earn four NIMS credentials including two in Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) Operations.
Pilot Companies Wanted for 21st Century NIMS Competency-based Apprenticeship Programs
NIMS has completed new competency-based apprenticeships for Machinist, CNC Machinist CNC Operator, Tool and Die Maker and Mold Maker. Companies are now sought to pilot these new and exciting approaches to training in precision manufacturing.
The apprenticeship programs have been through a complete review by industry workgroups and incorporate NIMS standards and certifications
There are a host of benefits that will apply to pilot companies. For details and other information companies are encourage to contact Stephen Mandes at smandes@nims-skills or at (703) 352-4971
Newly Accredited: Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield, ME
NIMS is pleased to announce that the Precision Machining Technology Program at Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) officially earned its first NIMS Accreditation on Thursday, October 6, 2011! Since first applying for accreditation in March 2007, the staff and faculty at KVCC have met NIMS standards and set the bar for exceptional metalworking training in the state of Maine.Congratulations to everyone involved in this process, especially Instructor and Program Coordinator Steven Davis for all of his effort in making this accreditation possible.
Instructor & Program Coorindator Steven Davis (left) with Precision Machining Technology students.
Newly Accredited: Wilbur Wright College’s Humboldt Park Vocational Education Center in Chicago, IL
NIMS is pleased to announce the official accreditation of the CNC Program at Wilbur Wright College’s Humboldt Park Vocational Education Center (HPVEC) in Chicago, Illinois! Since first applying for accreditation in June of this year, the staff and faculty at HPVEC have met NIMS standards and will continue to set the bar for exceptional metalworking training in the state of Illinois.
To complete the accreditation audit, an On-Site Evaluation took place at the HPVEC facility on July 11-12 and was led by NIMS Team Leader Dan Kiraly. Assisting Mr. Kiraly was Industry Representative Walt Oakley and Education Representative Dan Filipek. The audit included a facility inspection of the program’s shop and 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, noting in the final report that the program displayed strong connections with feeder programs and local needs, a high level of safety, housekeeping and maintenance within the physical facility, a curriculum that is current to industry standards and includes opportunities for students to earn NIMS credentials, and finally an excellent administration, faculty, and advisory committee supporting the program and its students’ interests.
Congratulations to everyone involved in this process, especially Associate Dean of Instruction Marc Smierciak and Lead CNC Instructor Bryant Redd for working so actively to secure this accreditation!Special thanks to the Evaluation Team as well, without which this would not be possible!