Secretary Jane Oates to Summit: Committed to Apprenticeship and Manufacturing
Assistant Secretary Jane Oates made it clear to the participants convened at the Manufacturing Summit, in Washington on Tuesday, October 26, that the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration is committed to advancing apprenticeship and supporting the nation’s manufacturing industry.
The remarks by Secretary Oates highlighted a day long session that focused on best practices in recruiting and training the nation’s manufacturing workforce. The Summit was co-sponsored by NIMS in partnership with the Swiss Embassy. Secretary Oates spoke of her personal experiences in witnessing the change in manufacturing and its workforce while stating the administration’s support. She noted that support for apprenticeship is front and center in the Department of Labor.
A video copy of Secretary Oates’ remarks will be available shortly on the NIMS website.
Industry Leaders to Join with Public & Private Officials at Swiss Manufacturing Symposium
Washington, D.C. – National public industry policy leaders will join with private officials as part of the Swiss Manufacturing Symposium on October 26 – 27 at the Swiss Embassy and the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.
Public policy leaders include Assistant Secretary Jane Oates, head of the Employment & Training Administration, Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota Senator and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation & Export, Tom Petri, Wisconsin Congressman and Chairman of the House Committee on Education & Labor, Kermit Kaleba, Senior Policy Analyst of The Workforce Alliance, and Robert Lerman, Senior Fellow of The Urban Institute.
Industry leaders include Ron Overton, President of Overton Industries, Ralph Hart, President of Feintool Cincinnati, Inc., and Roy Sweatman, President of Southern Manufacturing Technologies, Inc.
The conference will also feature a presentation by the winners of the NTMA-NIMS Apprenticeship Competition, who will return on October 25 from a 10-day tour of Swiss manufacturing companies, under the leadership of Harry Moser, Chairman of Agie Charmilles.
Symposium participants and their spouses will join speakers and panelists at a reception hosted by Swiss Ambassador to the United States Urs Ziswiler on the evening of Monday, October 26th at the Swiss Embassy in Washington, D.C.
The Symposium registration fee includes the October 26th Embassy Reception and the conference on October 27th, as well as breakfast and lunch at the conference.
Students Excel with NIMS at Paul Simon Chicago Job Corps Center
Article contributed by Beth Allen, Business & Community Liaison for Paul Simon Chicago Job Corps Center
The Paul Simon Chicago Job Corps Center (PSCJCC) is very proud of their Manufacturing Integrated Technology Systems student employees.In August 2009, 10 student employees completed the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certification program which is a requirement for graduation.
Secretary of Labor, Hilda L. Solis was able to see first hand, the skills acquired in the manufacturing classes while visiting the PSCJCC.
The NIMS welding project was completed with recycled materials.The PSCJCC and NIMS are preparing the students employees with employable skills and green job opportunities.Graduates have acquired workplace skills in safety, fluid power, electrical and mechanical systems, design and manufacturing processes.
Instructor Cory Williams has made a tremendous impact on the students.“Our next project is a wind turbine.We are looking forward to producing more green projects to help our environment and our center”. The PSCJCC and NIMS have prepared many Job Corps students.Together, we are “building lives and launching careers”.
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Texas instructors lead regional workforce training by earning special NIMS certificate
South Texas College staff at a special recognition to honor recipients of the National Institute for Metalwork Skills Certificate of Special Merit. From left are STC President Shirley A. Reed; Pete Garza, chair of STC’s Precision Manufacturing Technology Program; Esmeralda Adame, STC PMT instructor; Harold Bernard, STC PMT instructor; Daniel Morales, STC PMT instructor; Gerald Stinson, STC NIMS program manager; Telesforo De La Cruz, STC PMT instructor; and Mario Reyna, STC division dean of business and technology.
Article submitted by Helen Escobar, Coordinator of Public Relations, South Texas College
Texas continues to lead the nation in sustaining and creating new jobs. One major contributor may be because of how well the Rio Grande Valley is performing compared to many other regions in the state. Collectively, Valley business, industry and education partners continually seek new ways to innovate, maintaining high standards while minimizing costs, showing that the key is workforce training and innovation, particularly in the area of manufacturing. The region continues to pave new ways for hands-on training and seeks new certifications to set higher standards for workers and employers. Leading the momentum is South Texas College (STC), the biggest U.S. college south of San Antonio.
In the summer of 2007, STC became the first, and so far the only, college in Texas accredited by the National Institute for Metalwork Skills to certify students and industry workers in (NIMS) standards. Now, a select group of instructors and one student have been awarded the NIMS Certificate of Special Merit. The certificate identifies them as belonging to a very elite group, as only 1.2 percent of all NIMS credentialing candidates have earned the certificate. What this indicates is that the certificate holder is no longer considered a novice, possessing knowledge equal to that of at least a third-year employee in the industry.
Recently honored at a special recognition ceremony held at STC’s Technology Campus in May 2009 were Pete Garza, chair of STC’s Precision Manufacturing Technology Program; Gerald Stinson, STC NIMS program manager; Doug Schelbert, STC NIMS faculty support; Daniel Morales, STC PMT instructor; Harold Bernard, STC PMT instructor; Esmeralda Adame, STC PMT instructor; and STC student Raul Gutierrez, who works for GE Engine Services.
“South Texas College is now well positioned to continue to advance its mission of creating and maintaining a globally competitive manufacturing workforce throughout the Valley,” said Stephen C. Mandes, Executive Director of NIMS. “The current recession has only drawn a very thin mask over the skill shortage that faces our industry. Your work will be extremely critical in enabling manufacturers to rebound, and in affording young men and women the opportunity.”
“We are so proud of our staff and students, and the high standards they set for themselves in our Precision Manufacturing Technology Program,” said Mario Reyna, STC division dean of business and technology. “Since we began certifying students in NIMS standards, we are proud to say that 46 students have earned various certifications. They are working at companies like GE, Southwest AMT, Kings Prosperity and Alamo Tool and Die, all big manufacturers that rely on getting things done right the first time around. The level of precision that employees in the industry must meet is within hundredths of the width of a hair and our NIMS certified students are besting those standards through our top-tier programs and trainings.”
Among the honorees, Esmeralda Adame takes particular pride in earning the certification in a predominantly male career. "I also hold an AutoCAD certificate, a bachelor’s in engineering, and an MBA along with several other professional certificates in technology and manufacturing,” said Adame. “And through it all the challenge became more and more interesting to me. Of course there were a lot of people saying that this path wasn’t for me because I am a woman, so I continue to strive to prove them wrong. Women can be highly successful in manufacturing, especially if you enjoy the hands-on work and being able to create or be a part of a new design. I am very proud of this new accomplishment and look forward to more opportunities to broaden my horizons so that I can train the students to be their best in order for them to go out and fuel our local, manufacturing-based economy.”
STC’s precision manufacturing technology and NIMS Center instruction teams include some of the most highly-qualified professionals in the nation. Pete Garza has been instructing at STC since 1998 and holds 11 professional certificates. Gerald Stinson brings STC more than 30 years experience in manufacturing, including 12 years in tooling and engineering. Doug Schelbert, a 36-year industry veteran is a graduate of Indiana University. Harold Bernard holds a variety of professional certificates and is known for his ability to program CNC machines from 3-D blueprints.
In addition to its top-notch Precision Manufacturing Technology Program and NIMS Center, the college’s Institute for Advanced Manufacturing trains workers in a variety of areas including leadership skills, precision manufacturing, welding, and facilities maintenance, which feeds the complete manufacturing talent pipeline. Additionally, the college is one of the lead agencies and home to the headquarters of the North American Advanced Manufacturing Research and Education Initiative (NAAMREI), which also supports NIMS credentialing in the region as it pushes the development of rapid response manufacturing.
“STC is completely committed to offering the finest training and ensuring business and industry access to the professionals that they need to stay competitive in this fast-paced, global economy,” concluded Reyna. “Although we have different groups devoted to training new and existing workers, we are one team offering seamless resources. The Valley is and will continue to lead our state and our nation in manufacturing workforce training.”
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: NIMS 21st Century Apprenticeship Program
NIMS is accepting letters of intent from companies who are interested in participating in the development of the 21st Century Apprenticeship Program for Precision Manufacturing. New programs will incorporate industry-designed competencies and assessments, national certifications, on-the-job training designs, and related technical instruction to include distance learning and curriculum.
NIMS will be developing competency-based apprenticeships for the following occupations:
• CNC Machining Operator • EDM Operator • Mold Maker • Precision Assembler • Tool and Die Maker
NIMS will also improve the current apprenticeship standards for:
• Machinist • Press Setup/Operator
Participating companies will receive the following benefits:
• Technical assistance in establishing or expanding competency-based on-the-job training • Training stipends for related technical instruction ($500 per apprentice) • Stipends for registering and testing apprentices for NIMS certifications ($240 per apprentice) • Training and certification of company training personnel as NIMS Certified OJT Trainers ($695 per employee) • Travel for company employees participating in the Technical Work Groups, designing the program
Companies will also receive the following training materials:
• Master Activity (Training) Plan for each apprentice • A series of hand-on performance assessments • Related Technical Instruction Resource Guides
Companies are asked to delegate a subject matter expert who will participate in the Technical Work Group that designs the program. This participation will involve five days of meetings over a three-month period, in one of the following locales:
• EDM Operator……………….Meadville, PA • Machinist…………………….Pittsburgh, PA • Tool and Die Maker………...Chicago, IL • Mold Maker………………….Chicago, IL • Precision Assembler……….Louisville, KY • CNC Machining Operator.....Louisville, KY • Press Setup/Operator..........Los Angeles, CA Please signify your intent to participate in this program by emailing NIMS Executive Director Stephen C. Mandes at firstname.lastname@example.org by October 1, 2009. In your letter of intent, please indicate the occupation(s) of your choice for participation. Any questions may be directed to Mr. Mandes at the email address above.