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!
Officially Accredited: Carroll Co. Career & Technology Center
May 26, 2011 ---
NIMS is pleased to announce the official accreditation of the Manufacturing & Machine Technologies Program at the Carroll County Career & Technology Center in Wesminster, Maryland! Since first applying for accreditation in March 2009, the staff and faculty at Carroll Co. CTC have aligned their training program with industry standards, giving their students the tools they need to establish successful careers in the nation's industry. What makes this even more special, is that this is the first secondary program in the entire state of Maryland to complete the accreditation process and earn the formal accreditation!
To complete the accreditation process, an On-Site Evaluation took place on May 5th and 6th of this year. The Evaluation Team was made up of: • Team Leader Gregory Chambers of Oberg Industries, Inc. in Freeport, PA. Mr. Chambers is also Chair of the NIMS Board of Directors.
• Industry Representative Montez King of the Magna Baltimore Technical Training Center in Baltimore, MD.
• Education Representative Cole Walker of Manchester Valley High School in Manchester, MD.
Following the two-day audit, the Evaluation Team voted unanimously to accredit the program. The following remarks were made in the post-evaluation report:
• The purpose of the program aligns very well with industry needs.
• Regarding equipment, tooling, and measuring devices, the program has an adequate supply thanks to local employers providing items upon request. The team also noted that these same employers are actively contacting the program to fill employee shortages.
• The Career Center's administration strongly supports the program and understands the role it serves in the local economy.
Congratulations to everyone involved in this process, especially Principal Kate Engel, Assistant Supervisor for Career & Technical Education Ted McNett, and Instructor Tim Blizzard for all their efforts to earn this accreditation. Special thanks go to the evlauation team as well, without whom this would not have been possible: Greg Chambers, Montez King, and Cole Walker.
Machine Tool Program Renews Accreditation at Shelby County Area Technology Center
Keeping up with today’s industry skills standards, the Machine Tool Program at Shelby County Area Technology Center (ATC) in Shelbyville, Kentucky has renewed its NIMS Accreditation! This is Shelby County ATC's second official accreditation since first becoming accredited in June 2005.
The On-Site Evaluation for Accreditation took place on March 23, 2011 and was led by veteran NIMS Team Leader Joe Waskevich of JCIM in Louisville. Following the one-day audit, Joe felt confident enough in the program to recommend their accreditation be renewed. In his final report, he said the following:
“Overall the program is solid. This is based on extensive knowledge and experience of the instructor, and excellent support from the administration. Principal Wiley makes sure that the program is well funded and takes an active role in the day to day well-being of the students. Instructor Mike Clark uses various techniques that keep his students engaged and excited about the trade. He also supplements the curriculum to insure that the skills to meet NIMS Credentials are covered. Students are kept challeneged by increasingly difficult tasks.”
Congratulations to everyone involved in this accreditation renewal, especially Instructor Mike Clark and Principal Susan Wiley!
Special thanks to Joe Waskevich for administering this On-Site Evaluation for Accreditation!
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National SkillsUSA Championships for Precision Machining & CNC Skills Set for Kansas City
The Precision Machining Technology, CNC Milling, and CNC Turning Championships will be held during the week of June 21st-24th in Kansas City, Missouri as part of the 2011 SkillsUSA National Championships.
The competitors have proven themselves as the best in their respective states as this contest brings together gold medal winners from each state with separate competitions at secondary and post-secondary levels. SkillsUSA, a national non-profit with student chapters throughout the country, organizes these competitions as a showcase for the best career and technical students in the nation. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels.
This is a multi-million dollar event that occupies a space equivalent to 16 football fields. In 2009 there were more than 5,400 contestants in 91 separate events. Nearly 1,500 judges and contest organizers from labor and management will make the national event possible this year. NIMS coordinates the Precision Machining Technology and CNC National Contests which are based on NIMS Levels I & II Machining Skill Standards.
Key industry supporters with NIMS for the Competition are Haas Automation, Sandvik-Coromant, LS Starrett, and Industrial Press. NIMS has also had the support of the Association for Manufacturing Technology, the Precision Metalforming Association Foundation and the National Tooling and Machining Foundation.
This year, Haas is enabling NIMS to coordinate both the Precision Machining Technology (PMT) Competition and the CNC Milling and Turning Competitions. The PMT contest includes two CNC programming components in addition to a variety of manual skills components. Just as the PMT contest brings together state gold medalists in overall machining, the CNC competition involves state gold medalists who have specialized in the CNC Milling and Turning Competitions in their states. At the National Championships in Kansas City, the separate CNC Milling and CNC Turning Contests will incorporate more complex parts and thus require the candidates to create more complex programs.
Bob Skodzinsky, Manager at Haas Technical Education Center Network, said "We at Haas Automation, Inc. and our Haas Technical Education Center Network are very pleased to add our support for the CNC Milling & CNC Turning Contests to our current PMT/CNC Programming events. We will be supplying 36 state-of-the-art Haas CNC Programming Panels for the contestants to create their CNC programs and test their programming skills. We will also supply two 2011 Haas CNC machines, a mill & a lathe, to machine contest parts from successfully written programs."