Fairfax, VA / Sarasota, FL — Not quite two years since its inception, the Precision Machining and CNC Automation Program at Suncoast Technical College in Sarasota, Florida became nationally accredited as of June 19, 2015. Based on industry-set standards for quality, NIMS Accreditation is the highest benchmark for metalworking training programs in the United States.

By becoming accredited, the staff and faculty at Suncoast Tech have met NIMS quality requirements, which include a Self-Evaluation, earning of NIMS National Credentials by faculty and by students, and an intensive two-day On-Site evaluation at the college facility.

The On-Site Evaluation occurred in spring 2015 and was conducted by a NIMS Evaluation Team which included:

  • Certified Evaluation Team Leader: James Wall - NIMS (VA)
  • Industry Representative: Bob Skodzinsky – Haas HTEC Network (FL)

After a comprehensive facility inspection, observation of active students, plus in-depth interviews with program faculty, administrators, and local employers, the Evaluation Team was highly impressed, giving the program above-average ratings in the evaluation areas of:

  • Program Purpose
  • Program Features
  • Program Facility
  • Equipment, Tooling, & Measuring Devices
  • Program Administration
  • Program Faculty

This accreditation is based the industry-written and industry-approved Machining Level I Skill Standard, with a focus on eight credentials, which many students have already earned. Those skills areas include:

  • CNC Milling Programming, Setup, and Operations
  • Job Planning, Benchwork & Layout
  • Measurement, Materials & Safety
  • Milling I

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