Event for Manufacturers to Cover Cutting Hiring Costs, Improving Training

Dec 29, 2016 | Member News

Manufacturers in northern Colorado can learn how to cut hiring costs, improve training quality, and become more profitable at a Breakfast and Learn event Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, at Front Range Community College.
James Wall, executive director of the National Institute for Metalworking Skills, will cover those topics as well as NIMS credentialing and competency-based apprenticeships. NIMS has recently introduced industrial maintenance credentials, so the talk is appropriate for all manufacturers.
Representatives of a local company that has sponsored an apprenticeship in machining and an FRCC student who earned nine NIMS credentials also will speak at the event.
The event is from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Classroom Building of the Boulder County Campus, 2121 Miller Drive, Longmont. Admission is free, but reservations are required.
Metalworking trade associations formed NIMS in 1994 to develop and maintain a globally competitive workforce. NIMS sets skills standards for the industry, certifies individual skills against the standards, and accredits training programs. They have recently worked with the U.S. Department of Labor to convert apprenticeships from time based to skill and competency based standards.
FRCC’s Precision Machining Program at Advanced Technology Center at the Boulder County Campus has national accreditation from NIMS. Accreditation means:
• Instructors have earned NIMS certificates in the skills that they teach.
• Instructors are working machinists.
• The machine shop is safe by OSHA standards and includes well-maintained, modern, industrial equipment.
• The curriculum is aligned to teach skills that machining employers nationwide have decided are required.
• The student/teacher and student/machine ratios are low enough for effective learning.
• The program advisory board, composed of local employers, is active and provides oversight.
• Technical and professional skills (soft skills) are taught.
• NIMS has awarded FRCC students over 50 skill certificates. The certificates provide employers with an indication of the student’s skill level as a possible job candidate.
About Front Range Community College
FRCC offers nearly 100 degree and certificate programs from locations in Boulder County, Larimer County, Westminster, and Brighton, and online. FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System.
About the Colorado Community College System
The Colorado Community College System (CCCS) is the state’s largest system of higher education, serving more than 144,000 students annually at 13 colleges and 39 locations across Colorado. Our open access mission ensures all Coloradans who aspire to enrich their lives have access to quality higher education opportunities. CCCS students save time and money with affordable tuition and fees, concurrent enrollment, and guaranteed transfer to any public university in Colorado. Online courses are available via Colorado Community Colleges Online. CCCS also oversees career and technical programs in our 13 colleges, more than 160 school districts, and six other post-secondary institutions. By partnering with business and industry, CCCS helps employers meet workforce needs and prepares students for direct entry to their chosen career pathway. The vast majority of our students are Colorado residents and, after graduation, 97 percent of our students stay in state, becoming the workforce that powers the Colorado economy and the heart of our neighborhoods, businesses, and communities.