CCBC Computer-Aided Manufacturing Program receives NIMS accreditation

Nov 29, 2016 | by Jacquie Lucy | 443.840.4668 (office) | 443.761.2482 (cell)

National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) sets standards to maintain a globally competitive workforce

Catonsville, Md. – In today’s manufacturing arena, high-tech challenging equipment has replaced the greasy, dirty machines of years past. In order to keep up with ever-evolving technology, manufacturing technology students must learn to manufacture parts from metal and plastics using saws, surface grinders, manual mills and lathes and CNC (computer numeric controlled) machining centers and CNC lathes. These skills and others are taught as part of CCBC’s Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) program, which has just been awarded a five-year accreditation by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) that runs until Nov. 7, 2021.


“NIMS accreditation gives us third-party validation, nationally credentialed instructors and training performance metrics, to name only a few of its advantages,” noted Doug Kendzierski, chairman of Applied Technology. “Most importantly, it gives our students a competitive edge in the workforce since our program is known to meet national industry manufacturing standards.”

The CAM program, offered by the School of Technology, Art and Design, awards certificates in four areas – CNC Machinist, CNC Programming, Manual Machinist and Quality Assurance Technician. According to William Werneke, coordinator for CAM, “These programs teach specialized technical skills and are designed for students from recent high school graduates to displaced workers. Typically, these certificate programs take 12 months to complete so that students can move into or return to the workforce as soon as possible. This new accreditation should improve students’ employment prospects.”

CCBC’s six-month Rapid Machining program classes (Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.) have had an excellent placement rate for completers, many receiving multiple job offers. The program allows students to receive up to five NIMS nationally recognized certificates based on their progress. Participants learn both manual and computer numerical control machine-tool technology at CCBC Catonsville's machine lab. Students receive extensive hands-on and computer-based training along with essential workplace literacy skills in computers, work ethics and work habits that will make completers job-ready.

“This accreditation is wonderful recognition of the level of technical training that CCBC provides its students,” remarked CCBC President Sandra L. Kurtinitis. “Our faculty strives to prepare our students on a par with, or exceeding the national standards in all of our technology programs.”

For additional information on the Computed-Aided Manufacturing Program, visit the CCBC website at http://www.ccbcmd.edu/computer-aided-manufacturing.

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About NIMS (The National Institute for Metalworking Skills) The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) was formed in 1994 by the metalworking trade associations to develop and maintain a globally competitive workforce. NIMS sets skills standards for the industry, certifies individual skills against the standards and accredits training programs that meet NIMS quality requirements.

NIMS operates under rigorous and highly disciplined processes as the only developer of American National Standards for the nation’s metalworking industry accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

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