Metalworking Skills Accreditation Received – NIMS

Metalworking Skills Accreditation Received –  NIMS

SWCC has been awarded a national accreditation from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS).

NIMS logoNIMS is the only developer of American National Standards for the nation’s metalworking industry accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), their certificates are the only national benchmark to recognize excellence in metalworking training based on national industry-written, industry-approved standards. By securing this national award, the college demonstrates its continued commitment to providing industry-level training within the state of Virginia and for the greater US manufacturing industry.

In order to qualify for accreditation the school had to complete a Self-Study Kit, and host an on-site evaluation to sufficiently demonstrate that NIMS quality requirements are being met. Areas of evaluation included: Administrative support, curriculum, equipment and tooling, industry engagement / advisory committee, integration of NIMS standards and certifications, instructional quality, and safety.

“We are extremely pleased that our machining lab has been accredited by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). The NIMS academic distinction is the only national certification in the machining field and will help insure that our graduates stand apart in a competitive workforce,” said James Dye, dean of the Business, Engineering and Industrial Technology Division.

SWCC’s Steven Olinger, Machining and C&C Technology Instructor, was NIMS certified in order to teach the curriculum, and was instrumental in getting the school awarded accreditation. He said, “Having the Precision Machining program NIMS Accredited is a great honor for me. As the program head, NIMS has change the machining program so much for the good of the students and the program. We have had around 160 NIMS Certifications earned since May, 2015. Which makes me very proud of the students for this accomplishment.”

“Achieving the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certification is an outstanding achievement for the college.  NIMS certification makes our graduates globally competitive and is an attraction for local employers to hire and an incentive to locate their business in southwest Virginia.  NIMS is the industry standard for training and skill validation for precision manufacturing jobs. Achieving this accreditation is a major milestone in our mission to build and enhance the industry’s talent along with ensuring the most efficient, highest quality, and relevant training,” said Dr. Ron Proffitt interim Vice President, & VP of Academic and Student Services, of the accomplishment.

Since July 2015 SWCC has had 159 NIMS Certifications earned by its students. Earning a NIMS certificate, demonstrates that a student’s skills meet the industry established standards, and helps them to stand out from the pack when applying for jobs.