Latrobe Technical Education Program Renews NIMS Accreditation

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Machine Tool Technology receives national award, recognition from United States Metalworking Industry.

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Maintaining national industry standards inside the classroom is no easy task but the faculty and staff of Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center once again rose to the challenge and officially renewed the national accreditation of the Machine Tool Technology program as of December 7, 2015.

NIMS accreditation is the only national benchmark to recognize excellence in metalworking training as based on national industry-written, industry-approved standards. By securing this national award, the center demonstrates its continued commitment to providing industry-level training within the state of Pennsylvania and for the greater U.S. Manufacturing Industry.

The Machine Tool Technology Program offers manual and CNC machining training and provide students with the opportunity to earn NIMS certifications, resulting in hundreds of national certifications issued to students to date. Leading by example, Instructor Ken Pedder holds nine NIMS credentials himself.

Following a rigorous on-site audit by veteran NIMS Evaluator Kurt Heinly, the program received the high scores in the accreditation evaluation categories of:

-Administration Support
-Equipment, Tooling & Measuring Devices
-Facilities
-Instructional Staff
-Program Features
-Program Purpose
-Student Testing Efforts

Reestablishing this industry award secures accreditation for the next five years.

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