After rigorous examination, the National Institute for Metalworking Skills has accredited the College’s Computer-Integrated Machining Technology program through 2020
SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is pleased to announce its Computer-Integrated Machining Technology program has been accredited by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) through 2020.
NIMS Accreditation is the highest benchmark for metalworking training programs in the United States, based on national, industry-driven and industry-written skills standards.
“I am consistently impressed with the work coming out of our technical programs like the Computer-Integrated Machining Technology program,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “We are very proud of the steps the College has taken to further validate the degrees that we offer. It helps ensure that our students stand apart in a competitive workforce upon graduation.”
The on-site evaluation occurred in the summer of 2015 and was conducted by a highly diverse and qualified NIMS evaluation team.
“We are thrilled to set this new standard in the Computer-Integrated Machining Technology program history at Rowan-Cabarrus,” said Colin Robinson, chair of the Computer-Integrated Machining Technology program at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. “By becoming accredited, the staff and faculty here at Rowan-Cabarrus have met NIMS quality requirements, which included a self-evaluation, earning of NIMS national skills credentials by faculty and by students, and an intensive two-day on-site evaluation.”
The NIMS team was highly impressed after the comprehensive facility inspection, observation of students’ safety habits and a series of in-depth interviews with faculty, administrators and local employers. Ultimately the team issued Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s program above-average ratings in the evaluation areas of:
- Program faculty
- Program features
- Equipment, tooling, & measuring devices
- Program administration
This accreditation is based on NIMS National Skill Standards for Machining Level I with a focus on four machining credentials. Those skill credentials include:
- Computer Numerical Control (CNC) milling setup, programming & operations
- CNC turning setup, programming & operations
- Job Planning, benchwork & layout
- Measurement, materials & safety
The accreditation not only has significant meaning to the College, but to program graduates as they seek employment.
“We are seeing employers increasingly look for the NIMS accreditation. It demonstrates to employers that students have been instructed to the highest of industry standards,” said Dr. Van Madray, dean of engineering & business technologies for the College.
The Computer-Integrated Machining Technology curriculum at Rowan-Cabarrus prepares students with the analytical, creative and innovative skills necessary to take a production idea from an initial concept through design, development and production, resulting in a finished product.
In the last few years, the College made significant updates to its Computer-Integrated Machining Technology program. These upgrades are largely due to the $491,000 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation to train individuals in advanced machining.
“The investment from the Golden LEAF Mid-Skills Workforce Training Initiative will have a long-term impact on students’ educational and workplace success in the advanced machining field,” said Dr. Michael Quillen, vice president of academic programs at the College. “You can’t just talk about these skills – students need to actually perform them in a simulated environment.”
“Everything the students learn is hands-on. Precision is vitally important,” continued Quillen. “We are training our students on multiple projects to increase their marketability. Our students and graduates have a good reputation in local industry. Companies come here to recruit and conduct interviews.”
All courses in the program will be transferable if a student chooses to continue and obtain an associate degree. Rowan-Cabarrus has established an articulation agreement with East Carolina University (on-campus or online) to transfer the associate degree into a bachelor of science in Industrial Engineering Technology.
For more information about the program, please contact Colin Robinson, program chair (firstname.lastname@example.org). For additional information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu/apply2016 or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College is currently accepting applications for classes beginning in January of 2016.