Cleveland high school first to earn metalworking skills accreditation


Jan 27, 2009

On Dec. 16, Max Hayes High School in Cleveland was recognized by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) as the first urban high school in the country to achieve NIMS educational training program accreditation. 

The purpose of NIMS accreditation is to improve the quality of training programs as part of the national endeavor to build and maintain a globally competitive workforce, while providing workforce development opportunities for potential and current employees. Accreditation involves a three-step process: registration of the program with NIMS, the completion of a self-study analysis and an on-site audit. There also are credentialing requirements.

David Sansone, NIMS board and executive committee member and Precision Metalforming Association Educational Foundation (PMAEF) executive director, presented Max Hayes High School representatives with a plaque denoting recognition for the school’s CNC machining program. PMAEF supported the school’s efforts with a small grant, along with many local companies that invested funds, time and equipment to assist its efforts.

“The PMA Educational Foundation and NIMS are pleased to honor Max Hayes High School for this outstanding achievement,” said Sansone. “It was earned through a rigorous examination of facilities and programs over the past year and a half, but most importantly it was earned by the people — administrators, faculty and students who set this as a goal and made certain it was accomplished. In order to be accredited, NIMS credentials were earned by students and an instructor, which is no small task.”

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