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.
Students Excel with NIMS at Paul Simon Chicago Job Corps Center
Article contributed by Beth Allen, Business & Community Liaison for Paul Simon Chicago Job Corps Center
The Paul Simon Chicago Job Corps Center (PSCJCC) is very proud of their Manufacturing Integrated Technology Systems student employees.In August 2009, 10 student employees completed the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certification program which is a requirement for graduation.
Secretary of Labor, Hilda L. Solis was able to see first hand, the skills acquired in the manufacturing classes while visiting the PSCJCC.
The NIMS welding project was completed with recycled materials.The PSCJCC and NIMS are preparing the students employees with employable skills and green job opportunities.Graduates have acquired workplace skills in safety, fluid power, electrical and mechanical systems, design and manufacturing processes.
Instructor Cory Williams has made a tremendous impact on the students.“Our next project is a wind turbine.We are looking forward to producing more green projects to help our environment and our center”. The PSCJCC and NIMS have prepared many Job Corps students.Together, we are “building lives and launching careers”.
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