Accreditation Renewed at Tennessee Technology Center at Shelbyville
We are pleased to announce that for the third time since 1999, the Machine Tool Technology Program at the Tennessee Technology Center (TTC) at Shelbyville has been awarded NIMS Accreditation for excellence in metalworking training! The program was previously accredited in 2000, 2005, and again as of July 26, 2011. By maintaining their status as a NIMS accredited program, the staff and faculty at TTC Shelbyville have proven continued commitment to maintaining high standards for metalworking training in the state of Tennessee.
The On-Site Evaluation took place on July 14 and was led by our excellent Team Leader, Mr. Sam Hart, a Tennessee-based Manufacturing and Technology Consultant. Following the one-day audit, Mr. Hart gathered more than enough evidence to recommend renewing the accreditation of the Machine Tool Technology Program. In his final evaluation report, Mr. Hart had nothing but praise for the program:
"This is an outstanding program. As good as I have seen. The instructor is highly regarded by administration, employers, advisory committee, and students. The program is obviously in tune with industry needs, as well as student needs."
Congratulations to everyone involved in this process, namely Instructor Ken Potts for his dedication to high standards and to TTC Director Ivan Jones for supporting metalworking training programs in education! Special thanks to Sam Hart for leading this evaluation
Newly Accredited: CLCR & Austin Polytechnical Academy of Chicago, IL
The NIMS Credentialing Program (for secondary students) and the Center for Labor and Community Research’s (CLCR) NIMS Adult Training Program at Austin Polytechnical Academy (APA) have each earned a first-time NIMS Accreditation! Since first applying for accreditation in October 2010, the staff and faculty at APA and CLCR have gone above and beyond NIMS industry standards and have joined the select few schools in the state of Illinois that are setting the bar for exceptional metalworking training at the secondary and post-secondary level.
The On-Site Evaluation, which occurred on May 25 and 26, was led by the NIMS Deputy Director James Wall. Rounding out the evaluation team was Education Representative Ray Prendergast of the Manufacturing Technology Institute at Richard J. Daley College in Chicago and Industry Representative Karl Dahlstrom of Numerical Precision in Wheeling, IL. Following the two-day audit, the evaluation team gathered substantial evidence to recommend accreditation of both training programs.
The evaluation team made the following notes in their final report:
“APA provides an excellent program with clearly stated goals and requirements, which have been established by the industry advisory committee based on a thorough needs assessment of local manufacturers.”
“Overall this is a well-equipped program, with all machines in very good condition and well maintained.”
“Exceptional employer advisory committees are in place and are very active in supporting the mission of the program.Both advisory committees are committed and vested in the program’s success and employer companies are eager to hire credentialed entry-level people.The committees provide excellent guidance and support for the programs, demonstrating great teamwork and enthusiasm for the success of students enrolled.”
Congratulations to everyone involved in this process, especially Don Reusch (Reusch Training & Consulting), Erica Swinney, and Instructors Tom O’Brien and Pablo Varela! Special thanks to Dan Swinney at CLCR for making this possible, and to our evaluators: James Wall, Ray Prendergast, and Karl Dahlstrom!
Newly Accredited: Careerline Tech Center of Holland, Michigan
NIMS is pleased to announce that the Engineering Design & Machine Technologies Program at the Careerline Tech Center in Holland, Michigan has earned its first NIMS Accreditation! Since first applying for accreditation in February 2009, the staff and faculty at Careerline Tech have met NIMS standards and set the bar for exceptional metalworking training in the state of Michigan.
The On-Site Evaluation took place on May 12-13 and was led by veteran NIMS Team Leader Scott McConnelee of Mapal Tool in Davison, Michigan. Rounding out the evaluation team was Education Representative Ken Flowers of Lake Michigan College and Jim Gilbert of Mapal Tool in Davison.
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. McConnelee noted that "as a whole, the school is working to make its students to be employable by giving them the best training to be successful in the metalworking field and also showing them the many different avenues to fit their desires. Talking with the employers, they feel the NIMS Accreditation set a good benchmark for them to attain to. Overall, the school (instructors and administrators), students, and employers are all working together to make employable workers for the machining industries."
Congratulations to everyone involved in this process, especially Curriculum Associate Suzanne Gardner and Instrucotr MIke Wyckoff at Careerline for all their efforts in completing the requirements involved in seeking program accreditation! Special thanks to the evaluation team - Scott McConnelee, Ken Flowers, and Jim Gilbert - for taking time from your busy schedules to support this excellent training program and to support NIMS!
Newly Re-Accredited: Allen Thornton Career Technical Center in Killen, Alabama
We are pleased to announce that the Precision Machining Program at Allen Thornton Career Technical Center (CTC) of Killen, Alabama has earned its third consecutive NIMS Accreditation! For the third time the staff and faculty at Allen Thornton CTC have proven their continued commitment to maintaining high standards for outstanding metalworking training in the state of Alabama. The program was previously accredited in 2001 and 2006, as each accreditation is valid for five years at a time.
The On-Site Evaluation took place on June 16th and was led by our excellent Team Leader Mr. Wes Ellis of the Alabama Technology Network in Gadsden. Following the one-day audit, Mr. Ellis had confidently gathered all the proof needed to recommend re-accreditation of the Precision Machining Program. In his final report, Mr. Ellis praised the program on its clear cut purpose and focused goals to support the local industry, its continued dedication to shop safety, strong support from Allen Thornton CTC administration and advisory committee, and Mr. Ellis noted the program's high rate of students with NIMS credentials.
Congratulations to everyone involved in this process, including Instructor Joe Berrens for his cooperation in coordinating all re-accreditation requirements at the school and to Team Leader Wes Ellis for leading the program on-site evaluation.
Newly Re-Accredited: Harrison County Area Technology Center in Cynthiana, Kentucky
We are pleased to announce that the Machine Tool Technology Program at the Harrison County Area Technology Center (ATC) of Cynthiana, Kentucky has earned its second consecutive NIMS Accreditation! That means that this is the second time, since first applying for accreditation in September 2003 and again in February 2010, that the staff and faculty at Harrison 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 6th and was led by our excellent Team Leader, Ms. Joan Cook of RICOWI. Following the one-day audit, Ms. Cook gathered all the proof needed to recommend re-accreditation of the Machine Tool Technology Program.
In her final report, Ms. Cook praised the program for continuing to have clearly stated goals and a “clearly defined service area.” She also noted that “safety is continually stressed,” that the “advisory committee is very active” and the administration is “very supportive,” and ended with a note on Instructor Burns’ exceptional teaching skills.
Congratulations to everyone involved in this process, Principal Diana Gordon and Instructor Hoyt Burns! Special thanks to Joan Cook 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 Harrison County ATC, please contact Instructor Hoyt Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org.