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.
Nine Earn NIMS OJT Trainer Certifications at Maine Workshop, January 28-29
Nine persons participating in two day workshop at Portland, Maine on January 28-29 earned certifications as NIMS OJT Trainers. The workshop was co-sponsored by the Manufacturing Association of Maine.
The new credential holders represent five Maine companies:
-Alan Aschoff and Ken Davis of Southern Maine Industries -Chuck Bates of General Dynamics ATP -Norm MacIntyre of MacIntyre Consulting -Joni Amalfitano, Shane Bouchard, Alison Hurlburt, and Wei Zhang of Northeast Laboratory Services -Andre Drouin of Mountain Machine Works
During the workshop each participant successfully completed three actual Training Performance Demonstrations, during which they were evaluated with skill checks against the NIMS competencies of Training Methodology, Communication, Coaching and Adult Learning. Each participant successfully passed the NIMS OJT Trainer theory examination, which led to official OJT Trainer Certification.
Authoring this book are four instructors who have incorporated NIMS credentials into their respective machining programs and been active supporters of NIMS efforts over the years. Those instructors are:
-Peter J. Hoffman of Berks Career & Technology Center West (Leesport, PA)
-Eric S. Hopewell of Berks Career & Technology Center West (Leesport, PA)
-Brian Janes of Bowling Green Technical College (Bowling Green, KY)
-Kent M. Sharp, Jr. of Radford High School (Radford, VA)
Based on the contributions of these four machining instructors, the initial version of the textbook will be divided into eight basic sections that go hand in hand with the eleven credentials available in NIMS Machining Level I. Each section will contain "units" that will include "Learning Objectives, Key Terms, Safety Checks, End of Chapter Summaries, and End of Chapter Review Questions." The eight sections are:
Introduction to Machining
Measurement, Materials & Safety
Job Planning, Benchwork & Layout
Computer Numerical Control (CNC)
To ensure this textbook is on target, complete with fully functional lessons, and as effective as it can be, it is currently being class-tested by instructors across the United States who are not only veterans of teaching but also of the NIMS Credentialing Program. Those participating instructors are:
-Edward Drapatin of Kaynor Technical High School (Waterbury, CT)
-Robert Williams of Manatee Technical Institute (Bradenton, FL)
-Jim Granahan of Monroe Career & Technical Institute (Bartonsville, PA)
-Frank Knorr of Columbia-Montour Area Vocational Technical School (Bloomsburg, PA)
-John Battista of Prosser Career Academy (Chicago, IL)
-Gene Holder of Weaver Academy (Greensboro, NC)
-Jeffrey Hines of College of Lake County (Grayslake, IL)
NIMS Board of Directors and NIMS Staff thank everyone involved in the authoring, testing, and publishing of this much-needed classroom text - especially Dave Boelio, who has led the initiative to make this goal a reality. Once class testing has ended and final edits have been made NIMS make an official announcement on how to purchase these for your training program. Keep an eye on the NIMS homepage for details.
Hennepin Technical College Earns NIMS Accreditation
Photographed: (from left to right) HTC President Dr. Cecilia Cervantes, NIMS Executive Director Stephen C. Mandes, HTC Program Director Joe Fredkove, HTC Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Lisa Larson, HTC Dean of Manufacturing Programs & Customized Training Services Dr. Joe Mulford, and Chancellor of Minnesota State Colleges & Universities Dr. James H. McCormick
The Machine Tool Technology and Metalforming Programs at the Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie Campuses of Hennepin Technical College (HTC) in Minnesota are the newest members of the family of NIMS Accredited programs.NIMS Executive Director Stephen C. Mandes and Accreditation Manager Catherine Ross were both in attendance at the Accreditation Award Ceremony that took place at the college this past Wednesday.The event had a great turn out of folks from of education and industry, all in support of the college’s dedication to metalworking skills training.
The program opened with a warm welcome by HTC President Cecilia Cervantes, followed a short talk on the impact and significance of the college’s programs by Joe Mulford, Dean of Manufacturing Programs and Customized Training Services.HTC Program Director Joe Fredkove, who has been the driving force behind all of this, shared the experience of accreditation process and the excitement shared by staff and faculty upon receiving the awards.Special guest Dr. James H. McCormick, Chancellor of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities highlighted the necessity of programs such as those at Hennepin.Following the Chancellor, Vice President of E.J. Ajax Erick Ajax emphasized the importance of high quality training education from an industry perspective.To tie the whole ceremony together, NIMS’ Stephen C. Mandes spoke with the audience on the magnitude of this accomplishment before officially awarding college representatives with three official plaques of accreditation, for the following programs and campuses:
-Machine Tool Technology Program at Eden Prairie, MN
-Machine Tool Technology Program at Brooklyn Park, MN
-Metalforming Program at Brooklyn Park, MN
Special thanks go to the NIMS On-Site team, who led a two day evaluation of the program that ultimately led to these awards:
-Team Leader Joan Cook, RICOWI, Inc.
-Industry Representative Ron Krueger, Eaton Hydraulics, Inc.
-Education Representative Rick Steer, Zero-Zone, Inc.
On behalf of the entire metalworking education community, NIMS congratulates Hennepin Technical College for a job well done!