Haywood Community College’s Computer-Integrated Machining Program recently received national accreditation from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills, Inc. (NIMS). This is the highest benchmark for metalworking training programs in the United States as based on national, industry-driven and industry-written skills standards.

“At HCC, our goal is to elevate each and every student toward their next step, whatever that might be,” explains HCC President Dr. Barbara Parker. “With that goal in mind, we prepare our students for futures beyond our campus by providing excellent training opportunities that can lead to success. The Computer-Integrated Machining faculty and staff are to be commended for attaining national accreditation. They are leaders in the field and as such, have created a high quality program of which we are extremely proud.” 

NIMS accreditation sends a powerful message that the program meets national industry standards. The requirements to become accredited include a self-evaluation, earning of NIMS national skills credentials by faculty and by students, and an intensive two-day on-site evaluation at the college.

“This is something that the college and the community can be proud of,” explains Doug Cabe, HCC Computer-Integrated Machining Instructor. “It strengthens our machining program and allows us to offer something that other community colleges in our region do not have.”

The NIMS Evaluation Team issued HCC’s program above-average ratings in the evaluation areas of:  purpose; facility; program features; equipment, tooling, and measuring devices; administration; and faculty and instructional staff.

“The NIMS accreditation is another example of entrepreneurial thinking adopted by the faculty, staff and students in the HCC Computer-Integrated Machining program,” said Small Business Center Director, Katy Gould. “Innovation and creativity, combined with high quality, relevant industry training is essential to setting students on a path to success. Regardless of their chosen career post-graduation, the skill set learned through this program is integral to entrepreneurs and innovators who have ideas, but lack the technical skillset and knowhow to bring their ideas to fruition. Our students have the opportunity to connect, collaborate and create with innovators nationwide.”

This accreditation is based on NIMS National Skill Standards for Machining Level I with a focus on four machining credentials:  Drill Press I; Job Planning, Benchwork, and Layout; Measurement, Materials, and Safety; and Milling I.

To learn more about HCC’s Computer-Integrated Machining or the NIMS accreditation, please call 627-5117.