Newly Accredited: Nashoba Valley Technical High School of Westford, MA
The Machine Tool Technology Program at the Nashoba Valley Technical High School (NVTHS) in Westford, MA has earned its first NIMS Accreditation! Since first applying for accreditation in June 2009, the staff and faculty at NVTHS have met NIMS standards and have set the bar for exceptional metalworking training in the state of Massachusetts.
The On-Site Evaluation took place on June 6 and 7, and was led by the excellent NIMS Team Leader Michael Tamasi of AccuRounds, Inc. Rounding out the evaluation team was Education Representative Brian Cornellier of Greater Lowell Technical High School in Tyngsboro, MA and Industry Representative Todd DellaPorta of Custom Machine/Center for Manufacturing Technology in Woburn, MA. Following the two-day audit, the evaluation team gathered enough evidence to fully recommend accreditation of the Machine Tool Technology Program.
Congratulations to everyone involved in this process, especially Instructor David Carignan and Vocational Coordinator Paul Jussaume! Special thanks to our evaluators: Michael Tamasi, Brian Cornellier, and Todd DellaPorta!
Newly Re-Accredited: Madison County Area Technology Center of Richmond, KY
NIMS staff are pleased to announce that the Machine Tool Technology Program at Madison County Area Technology Center (ATC) of Richmond, Kentucky has earned its second consecutive NIMS Accreditation! That means that this is the second time, since first applying for accreditation in February 2003, that the staff and faculty at Madison Co. ATC have proven continued commitment to maintaining high standards for outstanding metalworking training in the state of Kentucky.
The On-Site Evaluation took place on June 1th and was led by one of our best Team Leaders, Mr. Sam Hart of Tennessee. Following the one-day audit, Sam gathered all the proof he needed to recommend re-accreditation of the Machine Tool Technology Program.
In his final report, Sam praised the program on its highly knowledgable instructor, overall cleanliness and organization, the strong support it receives from the center's administration, and he finished his report by commenting that he, "was impressed with the quality of students" and that this "is one of the best programs that I have seen."
Congratulations to everyone involved in this process, especially Instructor Justin Phelps and Principal Doug West! Special thanks to Sam Hart for leading this evaluation and to Terry Miller, Academic Consultant for Manufacturing Technology for the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet within the Office of Career & Technical Education, for his assistance in coordinating this re-accreditation.
To learn more about Madison County ATC, please contact Instructor Justin Phelps at firstname.lastname@example.org.
President Obama to NIMS & Partners: Certify 500,000 Students with Manufacturing Credentials
President Obama issued a clarion call Wednesday to certify 500,000 American community college students with industry credentials in manufacturing. Accepting the challenge were community and public leaders gathered at Northern Virginia Community College, including the organizations partnering with the Manufacturing Institute at the National Association of Manufacturers. The NIMS 52 manufacturing skill credentials are embedded as a critical piece of the NAM endorsed certification system. Executive Director Stephen Mandes represented the NIMS organization. Other leaders from the NAM/Manufacturing Institute Partnership at the event included NAM President Jay Timmons, Manufacturing Institute President Emily DeRocco and Vice President Jennifer McNally, Leo Reddy, President, Manufacturing Skills Standards Council; Mark Tomlinson CEO, Society of Manufacturing Engineers; Ray Shook, Executive Director, American Welding Society; ACT CEO Jon Whitmore and ACT Workforce Development President Martin Scaglione. Prominent among the guests were skills development leaders including Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and Assistant Secretary Jane Oates.
In his remarks President Obama noted the present shortage in the skilled workforce, saying “the irony is even though a lot of folks are looking for work, there are a lot of companies that are actually also looking for skilled workers. There’s a mismatch that we can close. And this partnership is a great way to do it.” He then continued to state that “I see a future where we train workers who make things here in the United States, and continue a important and honorable tradition of folks working with their hands, creating value, not just shuffling paper. That’s part of what has built the American Dream.”
View a video of the President’s speech here or read the full transcript here.
Newly Re-Accredited: Austin High School of Decatur, Alabama
NIMS staff are pleased to announce that the Machine Tool Technology Program at Austin High School (AHS) in Decatur, Alabama has earned its third consecutive NIMS Accreditation! That means that this is the third time, since first applying for accreditation in February 2001, that the staff and faculty at AHS have proven continued commitment to maintaining high standards for outstanding metalworking training in the state of Alabama.
The On-Site Evaluation took place on June 9th and was led by one of our best Team Leaders, Mr. Wes Ellis of the Alabama Technology Network in Gadsden. Following the one-day audit, Wes and his team had gathered enough evidence to recommend accreditation of the Machine Tool Technology Program.
In his final report, Mr. Ellis had only praise for the program’s clearly defined purpose, their exceptional focus on safety within an excellent facility that is properly “provisioned for the curriculum and activity,” and the strong support from the school administration, instructor, and advisory committee who represent local industry.
Congratulations to everyone involved in this process, especially Instructor Bill Gibson, Career/Technical Director Ramsay Huffman, and Principal Don Snow! Special thanks to Wes Ellis for leading this evaluation.
Newly Accredited: Southern Indiana Career & Technical Center
The Precision Machine Technology Program at the Southern Indiana Career & Technical Center (SICTC) in Evansville, IN has earned its first NIMS Accreditation! Since first applying for accreditation in March 2010, the staff and faculty at SICTC have met NIMS standards and have set the bar for exceptional metalworking training in the state of Indiana. To add to that benchmark, SICTC is the only accredited secondary training program in the entire state!
The On-Site Evaluation took place on May 16th and 17th and was led by the excellent NIMS Team Leader Joe Waskevich. Rounding out the evaluation team was Education Representative Scott Wallace of Vincennes University and Industry Representative Shawn McGrew of Prodigy Mold & Tool, Inc. Following the two-day audit, the evaluation team gathered enough evidence to recommend accreditation of the Precision Machine Technology Program.
The evaluation team made the following notes in their final report:
“The overall program is outstanding. The facility is second to none, and in fact would rival any high school or even secondary technical institution in the state. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and really connects with the students. The students are excited about the class and Mr. Niehaus continually challenges the students to take their skills to the next level. There is no doubt that the program strives for excellence and is dedicated to educating quality, well-trained students.
The program also has several volunteers – a former student and a retired Tool & Die Maker. They are both a tremendous asset to the program.
The best summary is from team member Shawn McGrew: ‘As a manufacturing business owner, I was very impressed with the SICTC. The facility and staff far exceeded my expectations!’”
Congratulations to everyone involved in this process, especially Instructor Jim Niehaus and Principal Robert Suhrheinrich! Special thanks to our evaluators: Joe Waskevich, Scott Wallace, and Shawn McGrew!