RCBI Director and CEO Charlotte Weber welcomes guests to the Commencement Ceremony. Photo courtesy of Martin Spears, RCBI.
On Tuesday, August 10th NIMS Accreditation Director Catherine Ross had the pleasure of presenting an accreditation plaque at the Robert C. Byrd Institute Commencement Ceremony. Held at the Bridgeport campus, the ceremony celebrated the Machinist Technology Program Class of 2010, which included twenty-two talented men.
Speakers at the ceremony included, in the order of occurrence:
• RCBI Director and CEO Charlotte Weber • RCBI Machinist Technology Program Class of 2007 Graduate Ben Grose • Bruce Davis of Kanawha Manufacturing and Vice Chairman of the RCBI Industry Advisory Board • NIMS Accreditation Director Catherine Ross • Mark Carter of Swanson Industries and Chairman of the RCBI Industry Advisory Board • West Virginia Department of Commerce Cabinet Secretary and Executive Director of West Virginia Development Office Kelly Goes
Members of the RCBI Industry Advisory Board accept a plaque containing their official letter of re-accreditation. Standing, left to right: Bruce Davis, Charlotte Weber, Catherine Ross, and Mark Carter. Photo courtesy of Martin Spears, RCBI.
Prior to the presentation of certificates to program graduates, Ms. Ross said a few words on just how impressive the Machinist Technology Program is, stating that RCBI is among the best of the best. The accreditation plaque represented the official re-accreditation of both the Bridgeport and Rocket Center campuses, both of which, when combined with the Huntington campus, have earned more than 500 credentials since 2004. Wow!
NIMS applauds RCBI on their recent re-accreditations and wishes the very best to the Class of 2010!
Accreditation Awarded to Southwestern Michigan College
NIMS is pleased to announce the official accreditation of the Precision Production Technology Program at Southwestern Michigan College in Niles, Michigan!
Since first applying for accreditation in June 2008, the staff and faculty at Southwestern Michigan College have done what it takes to ensure that their training is on par with industry standards.
The final phase of the accreditation process, the On-Site Evaluation, took place on April 22nd and 23rd of this year. Making up the Evaluation Team was:
• Team Leader Ron Krueger of Eaton Corporation
• Industry Representative Dan Kiraly of the Tooling & Manufacturing Association
• Education Representative John Niccum, Retired Instructor
Following the two-day audit, the Evaluation Team voted unanimously to accredit the program, saying “The college is doing a great job in all areas, and the staff and instructors are doing a great job to serve the industry." The team also commended the college on the overall training program and condition of equipment.
Congratulations to everyone involved in this process, especially the administrators, staff, and instructors, who have made this accreditation possible!
James B. McGregorhas been named to the 2010 Manufacturing Council of United States Department of Commerce. Mr. McGregor is a past Chair of the NIMS Board of Directors and an active member of the Precision Metalforming Association. The announcement was made August 5th by U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke.
Mr. McGregor is Vice-Chairman of McGregor Brothers Metalworking Companies with metalforming facilities in Ohio and South Carolina. Mr. McGregor has been an ardent supporter of NIMS. His company was the first to be accredited by NIMS and his companies actively use the NIMS national certifications.
While Chair of the NIMS Board, Mr. McGregor oversaw the recruitment of NIMS initial professional staff and NIMS accreditation by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
The Manufacturing Council advises the Secretary of Commerce on matters relating to the competitiveness of the manufacturing sector, and government policies and programs that affect U.S. manufacturers. The 25 Council members represent a broad spectrum of American Manufacturing and include both small and large companies.
NIMS Credentialing Workshops in Kentucky and Tennessee
Metalworking instructors from across the states of Kentucky and Tennessee have recently welcomed NIMS staff to undergo one day workshops for the purpose of familiarizing instructors with the NIMS Credentialing Process. The first meeting, held in Louisville, KY on Monday, July 19, was led by NIMS Deputy Director James Wall, and the second meeting was led by Accreditation Director Catherine Ross at Blackman High School in Murfreesboro, TN on Thursday, July 22.
A special congratulations go to each of the instructors who attended the Tennessee Workshop, as each attendee earned the NIMS Measurement, Materials & Safety credential by day's end.
Interested in hosting an instructor workshop for instructors in your state? Simply contact NIMS for more information!
Winner of Precision Machining Technology Textbook Cover Design Contest Chosen!
Following the cover design contest announced last month, publishers Delmar Cengage are one step closer to the official release of the Precision Machining Technology textbook. Many entries were received, but the winning photo was submitted by Pete Garza, a Precision Manufacturing Instructor at South Texas College. Click here to learn more!