Career and Technology Center Program to Receive National Accreditation
Release Date: 11/16/2011 11:42:51 AM
The Manufacturing and Machine Technologies program at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center has been selected to receive accreditation from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). This is the first secondary program in the state of Maryland to complete the accreditation process and earn the formal accreditation.
The accreditation presentation will take place during a special celebration on Monday, November 21, at 9:00 a.m. at the Career and Technology Center. During the program there will be an accreditation presentation, as well as student presentations. Guests will include the county commissioners, the superintendent of schools, and representatives from the American Machine Tool Distributors Association, Goddard Space Flight Center (NASA), the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, the Maryland State Department of Education, and The Community College of Baltimore.
The purpose of NIMS national accreditation is to improve the quality of training programs as part of the national endeavor to build and maintain a globally competitive workforce while providing career opportunities to employees. NIMS accreditation sends a powerful message that the program meets national industry standards. Achieving NIMS accreditation is a great tool for educational institutions and also conveys an important message about the quality of the school to parents, the local governing body, state and federal partners, foundations, future students, industry and the local community.
Accreditation involves a three-step process: registration of the program with NIMS, the completion of a self-study analysis, and an on-site audit. There are also credentialing requirements. Since first applying for accreditation in March 2009, the staff and faculty at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center have aligned their training program with industry standards, giving their students the tools they need to establish successful careers in the nation’s industry.
The National Institute for Metalworking Skills is the nation’s only ANSI accredited developer of precision manufacturing skill standards and competency assessments. Additionally, NIMS certifies individual skills against standards and accredits programs that meet its quality requirements. NIMS stakeholders represent over 6,000 American companies.