Lake Michigan College Earns Re-Accreditation Award
Following a March 12th On-Site Evaluation led by NIMS Team Leader Scott McConnelee of Mapal Tool, the Machine Tool Technology Program at Lake Michigan College (LMC) in Benton Harbor has officially earned NIMS Re-Accreditation.
Initially accredited in 2002, Ken Flowers, Department Chair for Technologies at LMC, contacted NIMS in the Fall of 2007 to re-accredit the program. Like all other programs seeking re-accreditation, an application was sent to NIMS, the Self Study for Re-Accreditation was completed, and a one-day On-Site Evaluation was performed. Team Leader Scott McConnelee had high praise following the On-Site visit:
"I was pleasantly surprised to see such a quality program to train students to prepare them for job placement. The students loved being in the program and instructors for being tough on them to do it right. The students have all placed in the top seven of the MITES competition. They take students on field trips, plant tours, to tooling shows, etc."
OJT Trainer Workshop Set for Pittsburgh - April 22-23
NIMS will conduct a workshop to train and certify company employees as OJT Trainers on April 22-23 in Pittsburgh.
This is a professionally facilitated workshop in which participants will learn the competencies required for OJT Trainers. They will have an opportunity to apply the concepts in three separate hands-on demonstrations.
The first day will cover the four competencies required for OJT Trainer including Training Methodology, Communications, Coaching and Adult Learning Behavior. During the second day, each participant will be able to earn all three of the required sets of skill checks for the NIMS OJT Trainer Performance Demonstration Report. The participants will take the on-line examinations at the close of the workshop session.
The NIMS workshop is a complete package and includes, for each participant, the OJT Trainer Workbook, registration in the NIMS Online Testing System, and the OJT Trainer Certification Exam.
Persons interested in this and other NIMS OJT Workshops should contact Catherine Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-352-4971.
Save the Date for the 2010 Manufacturing Summit, Nov. 8-9
Recruiting, training and retaining a globally competitive workforce will be the theme of the 2010 Manufacturing Summit to be held on November 8th-9th in Washington, DC. The Summit is co-sponsored by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) and the Swiss Confederation.
The Summit will focus on best practices in precision manufacturing and will feature policy leaders and practitioners from industry, education, labor and government. A pre-summit reception for attendees and their spouses will be held the evening of November 8th at the Embassy of Switzerland. The day long working conference will be held on November 9th at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center.
Please check back over the coming months for more news on this event!
NIMS to Begin Development of Precision Assembly Standards
We are pleased to announce that NIMS will develop National Standards for a compentency-based apprenticeship program within the occupation of precision assembler. NIMS is embarking on this project as a result of ever-increasing interest and requests by the precision manufacturing industry. This work is made possible through a grant from the Employment & Training Administration of the United States Department of Labor to advance 21st Century Apprenticeship.
For more information on this project or to learn how you can become involved, please contact NIMS Executive Director Stephen C. Mandes by email at email@example.com.
To learn more about 21st Century Competency-Based Apprenticehip, please visit the Apprenticeship Tab of this site.
The re-accreditation process, led by RCBI’s Director of Engineering Rick Martin, was initiated and completed in less than one year – an impressive turn around for any program seeking the NIMS award. In just over 10 months, both programs applied for re-accreditation, completed the Self-Study Kit, hosted an On-Site Evaluation at both campuses – led by NIMS Team Leader Joan Cook of RICOWI, Inc. – and attended to a short list of items requiring correction before re-accreditation would be officially awarded.
Following the On-Site Evaluation, Joan Cook said the following:
“Rocket Center is a wonderful facility with supportive administration, quality staff, and a good program. Bridgeport is a unique facility where the staff and the administration are genuinely interested in maximizing its potential for the benefit of the employers. Maximizing these programs will help RCBI to continue to build credibility as a premier source of assistance to the manufacturing industry.” Congratulations to the staff and faculty at both campuses of RCBI on this accreditation! Special thanks for Rick Martin and Joan Cook for their leadership in this process!
For more information on RCBI's Machinist Technology Program in Bridgeport, WV or Rocket Center, WV, please contact Director of Engineering Rick Martin at (304) 781-1681 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.