Haywood Community College and Tuscola High School Computer-Integrated Machining students recently received National Institute for Metalworking (NIMS) Level 1 certification. This certification means that recipients meet entry-level requirements for on-the-job skills in machining. The students attend HCC as part of the Career and College Promise program. 

This is the first time high school students have had the opportunity to test for NIMS certification.

The students who received the certification are: Joshua Arrington, Tucker Henson, Zachary Jordan, Tanner Milner, Zachary Ross, and Taylor Sherrill.   

According to its website, the goal of NIMS is to develop and maintain a globally competitive American workforce. NIMS sets skills standards for the industry, certifies individual skills against the standards, and accredits training programs that meet NIMS quality requirements.

“This certification is something that the students can take to the work force,” explains Doug Cabe, HCC Computer-Integrated Machining Lead Instructor. “This is also a good addition to their resume.”

As part of the Career and College Promise program, high school juniors and seniors can save time and money by earning college credit tuition free while still in high school. Students who meet academic eligibility requirements are able to enroll in college classes through career technical education or college transfer pathways.

Registration for fall semester is underway now through July 24. For more information about HCC’s Computer-Integrated Machining program, please 828-564-5117.  For more information on HCC’s Career and College Promise Program, please call 828-627-4579.