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!
Sandvik Coromant is "Bridging the Skills Gap" from Coast to Coast
Sixty manufacturers and educators turned out at Calhoun Community College in Tanner, AL on September 15th to participate in the “Bridging the Skills Gap” event, part of the nationwide series of educational seminars being conducted by Sandvik Coromant. The seminar focused on the existing shortage of skilled manufacturing workers, as well as the increasing need for highly skilled workers projected in the coming decade. With NIMS as a partner, Sandvik Coromant discussed the challenges in the metal cutting industry and what metalworking professionals can do to improve their skills and gain certification based on NIMS standards.
Kicking off the event, John Pusatera, Training Specialist at Sandvik Coromant US, presented “The Development of the Metal Cutting Industry.” The presentation looked into the current position of US manufacturing and the misconceptions that have plagued the industry in recent years. For example, one of these misconceptions is that nothing is made in the US anymore, but Mr. Pusatera points out that according to the CIA World Factbook, the US still leads the world in manufacturing, far out-performing the other major manufacturing producers in the world. Attendees also learned about the contributions of manufacturing to the American economy as it remains the major engine of growth in productivity.
Mr. Pusatera noted that according to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), eighty percent of manufacturers today report difficulty in finding skilled workers. Within the next 10 years the nation will have 70 million people leaving the workforce with just 40 million replacing them, according to Fortune. Pusatera stated that the industry needs to invest in new technologies, practices, and processes in order to attract the best and the brightest minds to manufacturing.
Among the resources that are available for manufacturers in meeting the challenge of skilled labor is the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). At the event, NIMS offered their assistance to participants in meeting the skills challenge by presenting its 21st Century tools to train an advanced manufacturing workforce using 52 certifications, accreditation of programs, competency-based training – including apprenticeship – and the development and certification of trainers.
James Michael Blizzard, recently retired head of manufacturing at Calhoun Community College, represented NIMS in the Alabama event. Mr. Blizzard is the holder of 22 NIMS manufacturing credentials.
For information on future dates and locations for the “Bridging the Skills Gap” event, visit www.myyellowcoat.com/bridgingthegap.
US Army, Gates Foundation, and Bloomberg join 2011 Manufacturing Summit in Washington, DC
On October 27th, 2011, the 2011 Manufacturing Summit will convene at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. with a number of esteemed guests to discuss the future of American manufacturing. The Chief and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Reserves, Lieutenant General Jack Stultz, will be discussing the opportunities and implications of soldiers returning from overseas service being reintroduced to the workforce. Margot Tyler of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will discuss the opportunities afforded by the Gates Millennium Scholars program. Bloomberg's lead labor analyst Albert Palacio will review strategies for delivering skills training through a variety of sources.
General Stultz's appearance is particularly appropriate since the revisions to the GI Bill went into effect on October 1 and include on-the-job training and apprenticeship as part of the education benefits.
These presenters are joining Assistant Secretary of Labor Jane Oates and a panel of national manufacturers who will discuss regional training initiatives and effective small business strategies for today's competitive economic climate.
Date and Location: October 27, 2011 - 8:30 AM to 3 PM The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC
Pre-Summit Reception for All Attendees: October 26, 2011 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM - at the home of the Swiss Ambassador in Washington, DC
Join Assistant Secretary Jane Oates at The Manufacturing Summit 2011
At the 2010 Manufacturing Summit, sponsored by the Swiss Business Hub and NIMS, Assistant Secretary of Labor Jane Oates gave the attendees a three part homework assignment dealing with the support and promotion of American manufacturing.
On October 27 at the Manufacturing Summit 2011 in Washington, DC, Secretary Oates will be presented with the responses to this homework assignment from companies, educators and workforce professionals.
This is a tremendous opportunity to get your voice directly to one of the nation’s highest ranking officials who is concerned with the future of manufacturing and the means of recruiting and training bright, young persons into the industry. Moreover, she demonstrated the importance of small companies and asked how we can best support them.
Secretary Oates asked the following:
---> What is the best way to initiate a public ad campaign to make Americans aware of today’s manufacturing jobs? How can this advertising campaign show that manufacturing is not a dirty world of dead-end jobs and assembly line labor, but a clean and vibrant world of upward mobility where careful thought is rewarded?
---> How can we best support small manufacturers? What can the publically funded workforce system do to best aid the new model of small manufacturers?
---> How do we make sure we are touting the earnings in manufacturing? How can we show the American people, especially our youth, that manufacturing is a high skilled job with proper compensation for its advanced skill set?
Industry, education, business, and government need your input to meet the challenge that we are faced with as a nation! Join the 2011 Manufacturing Summit. Registration is fast and free, simply click here to register yourself and any guests.
To assure that your input is heard at the 2011 Manufacturing Summit next month, send your responses, thoughts, or comments about Secretary Oates’ questions directly to NIMS Executive Director Stephen Mandes at email@example.com.
The Manufacturing Summit 2011 will be held October 27, 2011 from 8:30 AM to 3 PM in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. A reception will be given the night before at the home of the Swiss Ambassador in Washington, DC for all conference attendees.