Southwestern Illinois College Earns First Accreditation
NIMS is pleased to announce that the Precision Machining Technology (PMT) Program at Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) was recently awarded Accreditation. The program completed the intensive Self-Study Kit and passed the On-Site Evaluation, led by Tom Rhoads, Corbitt Mfg. Co., who was joined by Industry Rep Ed Ide, Bachman Machine Co., and Education Rep Bob Arcipowski, South Technical High School. This award adds SWIC to the growing list of accredited post-secondary programs in Illinois.
PMT Program Coordinator Mark Bosworth has noted such progress: “Enrollment has skyrocketed in the last year partly due to investments in new technology to include new CNC equipment, MasterCam, and SolidWorks. The robust enrollment of this new program can also cite the NIMS accreditation process as a reason. SWIC marketed the fact that the program was seeking accreditation and sent out press releases once accreditation was received. Local industry and high schools were also kept apprised of our progress.”
In the top photo: Robert Arcipowski looks at a part with trainee Alex Deatherage. In bottom photo: Ed Ide speaks with trainee Devin Cook.
For more information on the PMT Program at SWIC, please call Mark Bosworth at 866-942-SWIC, ext. 6718 or visit the program's website.
SWIC has a feature story in the Spring 2010 NIMS Standard Newsletter. Check your mailbox soon!
Diman Regional Vo-Tech High School Earns Re-Accreditation
NIMS is pleased to announce the official Re-Accreditation of the Precision Machining Program at Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School! Hot off the heels of their initial accreditation, which lasted from 2003 - 2008, the staff and faculty at Diman RVT High School know what it takes to run a top notch program.
The On-Site Evaluation took place on March 11th of this year and was led by veteran On-Site Evaluation Team Leader Tom Wilks of Jay Sons Screw Machine Products in Milldale, CT. Following the shop inspection, Tom Wilks had only praise: "The facilities have state of the art machines, many are more advanced than industry. The latest being a wire EDM machine."
Congratulations to everyone involved in this process, especially Precision Machining Instructor and Department Head Michael A. Oliveira, for making this accreditation a smooth process!
21st Century CNC Operator Apprenticeship: One Step Closer
NIMS recently had the first meeting of the CNC Technical Workgroup that will be developing the basics for the competency-based apprenticeship in Tampa, Florida. The parties involved create an excellent group and include representatives of Southern Manufacturing Technologies, Inc. & two other Florida companies, HAAS, Sandvik-Coromant , plus two instructors- Ken Wright from Henry Ford Community College (MI) and Mike Blizzard of Calhoun State Community College (AL) Ford, both of whom are well versed in CNC. In fact, Mike Blizzard from Calhoun holds a dozen NIMS credentials!
During this meeting the group determined the core, fundamental CNC Operator tasks. At later meeting they will pare them down and prioritize them as critical work functions.
Special thanks go to each group member, particularly our industry representatives: NIMS Board Member Roy Sweatman of SMT, Bob Skodzinsky of HAAS, and Brian Davis of Sandvik-Coromant.
Progress continues with Machinist, Tool & Die, Mold Maker and Press Set-up Operator apprenticeships. NIMS is currently seeking volunteers for EDM and Precision Assembly technical workgroups. If you are interested in participating, please contact Rebecca Gardner at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (703) 352-4971.
The first quarter of 2010 has been a busy one for the NIMS Accreditation Department, boasting six programs accredited in just three months, and the past two weeks have been no exception with four newly accredited programs! Ranging from Pennsylvania to Virginia to the state of Washington, secondary and post-secondary programs are feeling the benefits of accreditation.
John Tyler Community College is celebrating the third consecutive accreditation of their Precision Machining Technology Program, which equates to 10 years of being accredited by NIMS. Instructor Les Bell welcomed NIMS Deputy Director James Wall, who conducted the On-Site Evaluation at the program's facility in Chester, Virginia and was nothing short of impressed by the program's mission and features, as well as the staff, advisory committee involvement, and overall attention to safety. For more information on this program, please contact Instructor Les Bell at email@example.com or (804) 706-5077 or visit the program's website.
Next we travel north to Schnecksville, PA where Lehigh Career & Technical Institute's Precision Machine Tool Technology Program is hanging their third consecutive NIMS Accreditation plaque as well. Instructor Richard Bosse, who has earned an impressive 10 NIMS credentials, recently spent a day with On-Site Team Leader David Stauffer (Lancaster Co. CTC) at LCTI where the machine shop is home to 18 CNC machining centers! In a final report Stauffer noted that the program "is extremely strong in every aspect. Strong leadership continually drives the program to excellence. They are solidly committed to the success of the students." For more information on this program, please contact Instructor Richard Bosse at firstname.lastname@example.org or (610) 799-1428 or visit the program's website.
Heading to the western side of Pennsylvania to Latrobe, the Machine Tool Technology Program at Eastern Westmoreland Career & Technology Center has just been awarded its second accreditation since first seeking the award nine years ago. NIMS Chairman Greg Chambers led the On-Site Evaluation and had only praise for the program's focus on meeting the needs of employers, stating that the program's goals are "strongly tied to employment and students were aware of this." For more information on this program, please contact Instructor Kenneth A. Pedder at email@example.com or (724) 539-9788 ext. 328 or visit the program's website.
Shifting to the Pacific Northwest, the CNC Machinist Program at Shoreline Community College can celebrate their first official Accreditation Award, making Shoreline the sole NIMS accredited program currently in the state of Washington. Following the On-Site Evaluation led by NIMS Board of Directors member Mark Lashinske, Instructor Keith Smith found the entire accreditation process to be extremely useful, stating that "this program has helped both the program and me as a teacher. Everything from reviewing safety to curriculum has helped make this a better learning environment." After all, isn't that the goal? For more information on this program, please contact Instructor Keith Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 546-6969 or visit the program's website.
To learn more about the benefits of accreditation or to find out how your program can become accredited, please contact NIMS Director of Accreditations Catherine Ross at email@example.com or (703) 352-4971 or view our website.
At last! The national media is portraying manufacturing careers in the light of today’s reality.
A recent CNN piece focuses on CNC programming and operation in the manufacturing of parts at ADEX Machining Technologies in Greenville, SC. While this “New Face of Blue Collar Workers” is commonplace among today’s companies, the video from CNN’s Tony Harris show is very revealing to the general public and goes a long way in dispelling the old stereotype of manufacturing. Just as interesting is the featured company statement that is is having difficulty in finding qualified workers.
NIMS offers eight certifications in CNC Programming, Setup and Operations, ranging from entry level operators and programmers through a master level and these are the fastest growing of the NIMS array of certifications. For more information on the NIMS certifications, see our Credentialing Page or contact Meredith Goff at firstname.lastname@example.org or Catherine Ross at email@example.com.