The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) officially accredited the Lenoir Community College Computer-Integrated Machining Program. The accreditation was awarded in mid July certifying that the staff and faculty have met the NIMS standards and will continue to set the bar for exceptional metalworking training for secondary education in North Carolina.

Paul Hill heads the Computer-Integrated Machining Program. “This accreditation provides national recognition to our program,” he said.

To complete the accreditation audit, an On-Site Evaluation took place earlier in the year and was conducted by veteran NIMS evaluation team leader Joan Cook. Industry Representative Mark Harrison of Spirit Aerosystems and Education Representative Garrett Parker of Randolph Community College (RCC) assisted Cook in the evaluation process. RCC is 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, Instruction Staff, and Advisory Committee.

The accreditation is in Level 1 Machining Skills, with an emphasis on measurement, materials and safety, job planning, benchwork, and layout, drill press I, and turning operations: turning chucking.

“NIMS was created by the industry professionals to develop and maintain a globally competitive American workforce,” Gary Clements, dean of Business, Industry, and Emerging Technologies said. “NIMS sets the skills standards for the machining industry. Individuals holding a NIMS skills certification are recognized by industry as having completed rigorous and highly disciplined processes that meets the machining industry employment needs.

“Acquiring the NIMS accreditation for the Computer-Integrated Machining program informs industry professionals and students that our program is operated under these standards and processes,” he said. “Implementing these standards and processes better prepares our students for today’s high tech/high skilled workforce.

“As of Jan. 1, 2013, there were more than 120 NIMS accredited programs in operation and LCC is excited to join the ranks of programs holding this nationally recognized accreditation.”

For more information on the Computer-Integrated Machining Program, contact Hill at (252) 527-6223, ext. 107.

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