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Lenoir Community College (NC) Earns NIMS Accreditation

NIMS is pleased to announce the official accreditation of the Computer-Integrated Machining Program at Lenoir Community College in Kinston, North Carolina!  Officially accredited as of July 19, 2013, the staff and faculty at Lenoir Community College have met NIMS standards and will continue to set the bar for exceptional metalworking training for secondary education in the state of North Carolina.

To complete the accreditation audit an On-Site Evaluation took place at the college on April 28-29, 2013 and was conducted by veteran NIMS Evaluation Team Leader Joan Cook (RICOWI, Inc.).  Assisting Joan was Industry Representative Mark Harrison (Spirit Aerosystems) and Education Representative Garret Parker (Randolph Community College - also accredited by NIMS).

The audit included a facility inspection of the program's metalworking shop, as well as 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 accreditation, giving the program above-average ratings in all areas of evaluation, which include Program Purpose, Program Features, Administration, Instructional Staff, and Advisory Committee.

This accreditation is in Level I Machining Skills, with an emphasis on:

  • -Measurement, Materials & Safety
  • -Job Planning, Benchwork, & Layout
  • -Drill Press I
  • -Turning Operations: Turning Chucking

Congratulations to everyone involved in this process, especially Instructor Paul Hill for working actively to secure this accreditation!   Special thanks to the Evaluation Team members Joan Cook, Mark Harrison, and Garret Parker, without which this would not be possible!

To learn more about this program, click the link above or contact Paul Hill.


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