Calhounā€™s Machine Tool Program Receives National Reaccreditation


The Machine Tool Technology program at Calhoun Community College recently received re-accreditation by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS).  According to the NIMS national office, the re-accreditation is effective through April 6, 2016.

“This re-accreditation is the result of a rigorous examination determining that your program meets the quality standards as established by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills on behalf of the nation’s precision manufacturing industry,” commented NIMS Executive Director Stephen C. Mandes in correspondence to the college.

NIMS accreditation sends a powerful message that Calhoun’s program meets national industry standards. This is an important message to internal and external customers, the board of directors, employees, future employees customers and the community at-large.

According to the NIMS website, Calhoun’s machine tool program is one of only 115 programs across the country to meet the national benchmark for NIMS accreditation.  The Calhoun program has graduated dozens of successful machinists, including 2010 graduate Joey King, who has been selected to represent the United States in the CNC Milling competition as part of the 2011 WorldSkills Competition to be held later this year in London, England.

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) was formed in 1995 by the metalworking trade associations to develop and maintain 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.

NIMS operates under rigorous and highly disciplined processes as the only developer of American National Standards for the nation’s metalworking industry accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).


Janet Kincherlow-Martin
Director of Public Relations
(256) 306-2561

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