The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) has awarded the East Central College Precision Machining Program full reaccreditation. NIMS develops skills standards for the industry, certifies individual skills against the standards and accredits training programs that meet NIMS quality requirements.

“The NIMS representative was very complimentary of our classroom and lab learning environments, the curriculum, faculty credentials and the tremendous support from our advisory board and the college,” said Robyn Walter, vice president of academic affairs.

East Central College offers a robust curriculum centered on hands-on learning in professional CNC and machine tool labs in its Business and Industry Center. Students are taught by qualified instructors who’ve had working careers with manufacturing companies. At the end of the program, students can earn an associate of applied science, certificate of achievement or certificate of specialization.

Precision machining students also earn the industry recognized NIMS credential and the National Career Readiness Certificate. “NIMS is the industry standard for training and skill validation within precision manufacturing,” said Walter. “It is certainly a mark of quality and employers are interested in graduates with a NIMS certificate.”

According to the East Central College Center for Workforce Development, Franklin County has more than four times the manufacturing establishments than any other county in our service region. They make up near 25 percent of all jobs in the area, higher than any other category.