Accreditation Renewed at Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School in Northampton, Mass.
We are pleased to announce that for the second time since 2004, the Manufacturing Technology Program at the Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School (SVAHS) has been awarded NIMS Accreditation for excellence in metalworking training! The program was previously accredited in 2005 and again as of Friday, September 23, 2011. By maintaining their status as a NIMS accredited program, the staff and faculty at SVAHS have proven continued commitment to maintaining high standards for metalworking training in the state of Massachusetts.
As the last step of the accreditation renewal process, an On-Site Evaluation took place on March 10 of this year and was led by our excellent Team Leader, Mr. Tom Wilks of Jay Sons Screw Machine Parts in Connecticut. Following the one-day audit, Mr. Wilks gathered more than enough evidence to recommend accreditation renewal of the school's Manufacturing Technology Program. In his final evaluation report Mr. Wilks praised the program's clearly demonstrated goals, the cleanliness and organization of the facility itself, and with the relationship between the program and its Advisory Committee, which "is a blend of company owners, students, former students, instructors, and a personnel manager" and "is a driving force in the program."
Congratulations to everyone involved in this process, especially Department Head Jeffrey Lareau and instructor James Kubasek for their dedication to high standards and support for metalworking training programs in education! Special thanks to Tom Wilks for leading this evaluation.
Newly Accredited: Forsyth Technical Community College of Winston-Salem, NC
NIMS is pleased to announce that the Computer-Integrated Machining Program at Forsyth Technical Community College (FTCC) of Winston-Salem, North Carolina has earned its first NIMS Accreditation! Since first applying for accreditation in July 2009, the staff and faculty at FTCC have met NIMS standards and will continue to set the bar for exceptional metalworking training in the state of North Carolina.
The On-Site Evaluation took place on July 18-19 and was led by veteran NIMS Team Leader Mike Davis, Sr. of Davidson County Community College. Assisting Mr. Davis was Industry Representative Rick Grimes of RCR Manufacturing, LLC and Education Representative Garret Parker of Randolph Community College (who will be hosting their own evaluation for program accreditation in Fall 2011). The audit included a facility inspection of the program’s machine 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 full accreditation. In the final report, Mr. Davis had praise for the program’s clear goals for the future, including plans to expand, and for the “solid foundation and support” it receives from the college administration.
Congratulations to everyone involved in this process, especially Program Coordinator and Instructor Todd Bishop for working so actively to secure this accreditation! Special thanks to the Evaluation Team as well, without which this would not be possible!
NIMS-Accredited RCBI Graduates Class of 32 Credentialed Students, Bringing All-Time Total
The following press release was published recently by Robert C. Byrd Institute of Huntington, West Virginia and is published again here with the permission of RCBI.
For Immediate Release
New RCBI Graduates Bring Training Total to 300+
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Thirty-two new students have graduated from the NIMS-accredited training programs at the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI). The 32 graduates earned a total of 103 individual national credentials.
“We’re pleased to report that the members of our Class of 2011 bring to 317 the total number of graduates from our NIMS-accredited Machinist Technology Program,” said Charlotte Weber, RCBI Director & CEO. “And the latest credentials earned by our students bring that total to nearly 1,300.”
In addition to its Machinist Technology Program, RCBI also offers a CNC (Computer- Numeric-Control) Specialist Program.
The RCBI programs include not just classroom instruction but the kind of hands-on training needed to qualify individuals for well-paid and available jobs as machinists. Individuals can choose between full- and part-time coursework.
The programs, Weber said, reflect “RCBI’s determination to focus on high-skilled, better-paying, family-supporting jobs that enhance our economy.”
Graduates of the programs have the option to earn a two-year Associate Degree from the Mountwest (formerly Marshall) Community & Technical College or Potomac State College of West Virginia University. Approximately three-quarters of the programs’ graduates have gone on to earn their Associate Degrees.
RCBI graduates have a job placement rate of more than 90 percent. “That percentage would be even higher except that some of our graduates have opted to continue their education full time before joining the workforce,” Weber said.
Founded in 1990, RCBI provides access to cutting edge technology and technical training to manufacturers across West Virginia and the region. Operating Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centers in Huntington, Charleston, Bridgeport and Rocket Center (near Keyser in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle), its mission includes developing a quality, just-in-time supplier base for the Department of Defense, NASA and the commercial sector.
Accreditation Renewed at Lamar County School of Technology in Vernon, Alabama
We are pleased to announce that for the third time since 2002, the Precision Machining Program at the Lamar County School of Technology (LCST) has been awarded NIMS Accreditation for excellence in metalworking training! The program was previously accredited in 2002, 2006, and again as of today, August 4, 2011. By maintaining their status as a NIMS accredited program, the staff and faculty at LCST have proven continued commitment to maintaining high standards for metalworking training in the state of Alabama.
As the last step of the accreditation renewal process, an On-Site Evaluation took place on July 28 and was led by our excellent Team Leader, Mr. Wes Ellis, Industry Relations Manager for the Alabama Technology Network, which is based from Gadsden State Community College. Following the one-day audit, Mr. Ellis gathered more than enough evidence to recommend accreditation renewal of the school's Precision Machining Program. In his final evaluation report Mr. Ellis had nothing but praise for the program, noting the program's excellent job of training students to meet the skills needs of local industry, which includes many companies that operate on conventional machines.
Congratulations to everyone involved in this process, namely Instructor Dempsey Hatcher for his dedication to high standards and support of metalworking training programs in education! Special thanks to Wes Ellis for leading this evaluation.
NIMS Wraps Up 2011 SkillsUSA Machining & CNC Championships in Kansas City
The SkillsUSA National Championships returned to Kansas City, Missouri last week, where NIMS once again coordinated the Precision Machining Technology (PMT) Contest, as well as two other contests – CNC Milling and CNC Turning. In support of the PMT and CNC Championships, and to pay recognition to the many volunteers who make these contests possible through donations of financial, material, and human resources, NIMS also held several events throughout the week of June 20-24. A full schedule of events can be found in the SkillsUSA 2011 Machining & CNC Championships Program.
On Wednesday, June 21, CNC contestants continued and completed contest events at Bartle Hall, while PMT contestants embarked on the manual machining portion of their contest at the BTC-MCCKC. Later that evening, NIMS hosted a dinner at the Golden Ox Restaurant for the judges, National Education Teams, and Technical Committees that enable NIMS and SkillsUSA to produce and maintain these three contests. Speaking at the program were Chairman of the NIMS Board of Directors Gregory Chambers (Oberg Industries), NIMS Executive Director Stephen C. Mandes, Chairman of the National Tooling & Machining Association Grady Cope, keynote speaker and Chief Executive Operator of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Mark Tomlinson, followed by NIMS Deputy Director James Wall who wrapped up the evening with a preview of Thursday’s contest events. Mr. Mandes also acknowledged and thanked the major sponsors without whom these three skills contests would not have occurred: Haas, Metropolitan Community College of Kansas City - Business & Technology Campus, L. S. Starrett, the Precision Metalforming Association Educational Foundation, Sandvik Coromant, and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, that latter having made this dinner possible and with whom NIMS is excited to work with on future education-focused events.
Thursday, June 23 saw the conclusion of the PMT competition at Bartle Hall, where contestants completed contest events including a theory exam, GD&T exam, process control tests, CNC milling programming, and CNC turning programming. NIMS staff, contest judges, and members of the Contest Administrative Team worked in partnership to tabulate scores. The final rankings for all three contest areas were submitted to SkillsUSA on Thursday evening in preparation for the Awards Ceremony on Friday, June 24.
Each of the three skills contests were divided into secondary and post-secondary levels, with three medalists in each category:
Precision Machining Technology Winners from the Secondary Level: Gold: David A. Calamita of Cotterville, MI – Saint Clair TEC Silver: Darrell W. McDaniel of Hokes Bluff, AL – Etowah Career Technology Center Bronze: Troy Howes of Cummington, MA – Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School
Precision Machining Technology Winners from the Post-Secondary Level: Gold: Sean Johnson of Renton, WA – Renton Technical College Silver: Terrence Hill of Miltona, MN – Alexandria Tech College Bronze: Jerry Bonifield of Millstadt, IL – Southwestern Illinois College
CNC Milling Winners from the Secondary Level: Gold: Justin Gagne of Westport, MA – Diman Regional Vocational-Technical High School Silver: Trey M. Smith of Lima, OH – Apollo Career Center Bronze: Ryan Stoll of Princeton, IN – Princeton Community High School CNC Milling Winners from the Post-Secondary Level: Gold: Aaron Van Wormer of Valparaiso, IN – Vincennes University Silver: Colton Nunnally of Anniston, AL – Gadsden State Community College – Anniston Campus Bronze: Joshua Bedell of St. Petersburg, AL – PTEC Clearwater Campus
CNC Turning Winners from the Secondary Level: Gold: Tyler Maikranz of Princeton, IN – Princeton Community High School Silver: Casey Rodriguez of Fall River, MA – Diman Regional Vocational-Technical High School Bronze: Jason Saliga of Leonard, MI – Romeo Engineering & Technology Center
CNC Turning Winners from the Post-Secondary Level: Gold: Macintosh McGrew of Hawley, MN – Alexandria Tech College Silver: Sean Parker of Royston, GA – North Georgia Technical College Bronze: Ronald Olkowski of Big Rapids, MI – Ferris State University
Congratulations to the eighteen medalists and to all the young men and women who competed in this year’s PMT and CNC contests. You are truly some of the most advanced machining students in the country and your future is bright! Keep up the great work and never stop learning!
Many thanks everyone who facilitated these contests! We could not have done this without you!
MANUAL MILLING MACHINE OPERATION Edward Dobkins (Team Leader), Owner, Dobkins Drill System, Inc. Brian Lasker, Design Checker, R & D Leverage Dave Logsdon, CNC Group Leader, R & D Leverage Robert Parent Carl Snider, Toolmaker, R & D Leverage Don Watson, Technical Manager, Honeywell FM&T