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!
Recently NIMS has seen an increase in credentialing among men and women in the US Army, and particularly among those who are stationed outside of the country. Among these is Sergeant Jason Makepeace, who is currently deployed to Iraq and contacted NIMS in September.
Originally from Independence, Iowa, SGT. Makepeace has grown up with a fondness for metalworking, so when his Platoon Sergeant urged him to continue polishing his professional skills, he contacted NIMS Accreditation Manager Catherine Ross to learn more about the Credentialing Program. Since then, SGT. Makepeace has not only earned five NIMS machining credentials, but he has established a testing center at his location in Iraq, enabling others to follow in his footsteps if they so choose.
“NIMS has helped me create a solid foundation I will be able to build on,” said SGT. Makepeace when asked about his experience with the Credentialing Program.
SGT. Makepeace is not alone in his ambition and drive to match his skills to the industry standards. In the past two months, NIMS has received inquiries from SGT. Shane B. Lemus, who is in the same company as SGT. Makepeace, and SPC Derrick Wyatt, both of whom are in Iraq. Their efforts are an unprecedented occurrence in NIMS history and proof that NIMS Credentials can be earned anytime, anywhere.
The entire NIMS community congratulates these young people for their determination to succeed in metalworking, and we send our heartfelt thanks to the servicemen and women who fight for what they believe in everyday, both abroad and at home.
Secretary Jane Oates to Summit: Committed to Apprenticeship and Manufacturing
Assistant Secretary Jane Oates made it clear to the participants convened at the Manufacturing Summit, in Washington on Tuesday, October 26, that the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration is committed to advancing apprenticeship and supporting the nation’s manufacturing industry.
The remarks by Secretary Oates highlighted a day long session that focused on best practices in recruiting and training the nation’s manufacturing workforce. The Summit was co-sponsored by NIMS in partnership with the Swiss Embassy. Secretary Oates spoke of her personal experiences in witnessing the change in manufacturing and its workforce while stating the administration’s support. She noted that support for apprenticeship is front and center in the Department of Labor.
A video copy of Secretary Oates’ remarks will be available shortly on the NIMS website.
Industry Leaders to Join with Public & Private Officials at Swiss Manufacturing Symposium
Washington, D.C. – National public industry policy leaders will join with private officials as part of the Swiss Manufacturing Symposium on October 26 – 27 at the Swiss Embassy and the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.
Public policy leaders include Assistant Secretary Jane Oates, head of the Employment & Training Administration, Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota Senator and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation & Export, Tom Petri, Wisconsin Congressman and Chairman of the House Committee on Education & Labor, Kermit Kaleba, Senior Policy Analyst of The Workforce Alliance, and Robert Lerman, Senior Fellow of The Urban Institute.
Industry leaders include Ron Overton, President of Overton Industries, Ralph Hart, President of Feintool Cincinnati, Inc., and Roy Sweatman, President of Southern Manufacturing Technologies, Inc.
The conference will also feature a presentation by the winners of the NTMA-NIMS Apprenticeship Competition, who will return on October 25 from a 10-day tour of Swiss manufacturing companies, under the leadership of Harry Moser, Chairman of Agie Charmilles.
Symposium participants and their spouses will join speakers and panelists at a reception hosted by Swiss Ambassador to the United States Urs Ziswiler on the evening of Monday, October 26th at the Swiss Embassy in Washington, D.C.
The Symposium registration fee includes the October 26th Embassy Reception and the conference on October 27th, as well as breakfast and lunch at the conference.