Diman, Ranken Students Capture Gold at SkillsUSA 2010
Both gold medalists- secondary and post secondary - are from NIMS accredited programs and both have NIMS credentials. The secondary winner is Kyle Brodeur from Diman Regional Vocational Technical in Fall River, MA and Mike Ehrenstrom from Ranken Technical College in St. Louis won the post secondary. Other medalists include:
Secondary-Level Silver: Alex J. Doman, Warren Occupational Tech Center (Conifer, CO) Secondary-Level Bronze: Bryan Reiber, Wayne Education Center (Williamson, NY) Post-Secondary Level Silver: Robert Brobst, Penn College of Tech (Salisbury, PA) Post-Secondary Level Bronze: Chris Urso, Madison Area Tech College (Middleton, WI)
To view photos from Day 1 - Orientation and Contestant Luncheon - Click Here To view photos from Day 2 - Manual Machining Events - Click Here To view photos from Day 3 - CNC Machining and Other Events - Click Here To view photos from Day 4 - Awards Ceremony at Kemper Arena - Click Here
Thanks to NIMS Board of Directors Chairman Greg Chambers and Board Member Bob Skodzinsky for working the competition from the beginning through the awards ceremony Friday night. Greg worked as the official score keeper, and Bob led the HAAS team. Sandvik-Coromant and LS Starrett were essential partners as well. NIMS Deputy Director James Wall did his usual excellent job of directing the competition with enthusiastic help from NIMS staff - Catherine Ross, Meredith Goff, and Rebecca Gardner. And, as usual, we had the fine services of the Crossland Machinery Company.
Congratulations also go out to Jacob McHaffey of Mid-South Community College (West Memphis, AR) for winning the silver medal in the post-secondary level of the CNC Turning Technology competition. Mid-South Community College is currently working towards NIMS accreditation.
Thanks again to everyone who contributed time, materials, or funds to make the Precision Machining Technology Competition a great success. See you next year in Kansas City!
In 2009, Pittsburgh, PA proudly proclaimed itself the” City of Champions.” On June 16, 2010, 20 companies and 35 of the nation’s brightest young persons demonstrated talent and leadership far beyond the sports arena. These 35 are the newest graduates from the regional apprenticeship program sponsored by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association. The success of Pittsburgh NTMA program is one of cooperation and collective hard work.
It is overseen by a 16-person Chapter Steering Committee and incorporates NIMS accredited training programs at the Central Westmoreland Career & Technology Center and the Steel Center Area Vocational Technical School with a combined 18 instructors. The program is administered by the non-profit New Century Careers. Nine companies provide volunteer personnel for the Metalworking Technical Committee that evaluate the NIMS performance parts. Most importantly, the program’s high degree of success results from the participating companies who have the wisdom and foresight to invest in the apprentices.
NTMA Chapter Executive Edward J. Sikora, Jr. noted that that the program “was one of the first in the country to recognize the importance of NIMS competency based credentials and to incorporate NIMS as part of the training process." He told the graduates, who collectively earned 104 NIMS credentials, “These credentials are recognized across the country as proof of your skills.” The 35 graduates heard from NTMA National Chair Russel Reschke, CEO of Metal Processors, Inc. who delivered the keynote address. Phyllis Miller of Hamill Manufacturing Company is chair of the Apprenticeship Steering Committee. Kevin Hartford of Alle-Kiski Industries is the Chapter President.
Hamill's Walter S. Gasper is Champion at NTMA/NIMS National Apprenticeship Competition
Walter S. Gasper from Hamill Manufacturing, Trafford, PA, won the 38th Annual NTMA/NIMS National Apprenticeship Competition conducted in Indianapolis, IN. Scott Frombaugh, Rochester Manufacturing, Cleveland, OH, took second place honors and Dallas Schloesser, Six Sigma, Inc, Louisville, KY, won third place. Mr. Gasper has also succeeded in earning ten NIMS credentials, plus the NIMS Special Certificate of Merit.
In winning the competition, Mr. Gasper won a major prize for his sponsor. Hamill Manufacturing will receive a 30 percent discount on a wire EDM from GF Agie Charmilles plus 25 to 30 percent off for tooling and accessories. This award has a value is up to $100,000. Harry Moser, NIMS Board member and long time supporter of the competition, is Chairman Emeritus of GF Agie Charmilles.
The competition was hosted by the Indiana Chapter of the NTMA and conducted at Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis on June 10-12.
Pictured, from left to right: John S. Dalrymple, President of Hamill Manufacturin; Walter S. Gasper, Competition Winner; Hamill Chairman Jeff Kelly
Motorosports Fabrication Program Earns Accreditation at Oswego Co. BOCES
For the first time, the Motorsports Fabrication Program at the Oswego County BOCES in Mexico, NY has earned NIMS Accreditation! Since first applying for accreditation in August 2007, the staff and faculty at Oswego County BOCES have done what it takes to get their program on par with industry standards.
The On-Site Evaluation took place on November 2nd – 3rd of 2009 and making up the Evaluation Team was:
• Team Leader Joan Cook, Joan Cook Consulting
• Education Representative Brian Stevens, Advance Tool
• Industry Representative Timothy Allen, N.E.T. & Die, Inc.
Following the two-day audit, the Evaluation Team voted unanimously to accredit the program, agreeing that the program has an exceptional instructor and supportive administration leading the way, but requested that the program first attend to a few housekeeping items – as procedure dictates in NIMS Accreditation Policy. The faculty and staff at Oswego went above and beyond the team’s request, making plans to enhance relationships with local employers, fully engage their Advisory Committee, and more.
Congratulations to everyone involved in this process, especially Curriculum Specialist Kathy Finnerty and Instructor Joe Hawksby!
In the top photo: Instructor Joseph Hawksby works with student Peter Correia on the angle of a race car bumper. In the bottom photo: The Evaluation Team sits down for a review session. From left to right: John Chaney, educational representative (Pulaski Academy and CSD); Brian Stevens, industry educational trainer (Advanced Tool); Team Leader Joan Cook (Joan Cook Consulting); Tim Allen, industry representative (N.E.T. & Die, Inc.)