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FAYETTEVILLE, NC – July 24, 2019 – Fayetteville Technical Community College’s Computer-Integrated Machining program of study has received accreditation from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS).  The accreditation (effective June 2019 and in place for five years) provides the opportunity for FTCC Machinist students to receive certification through NIMS. 

NIMS sets industry skill standards, certifies individual skills against the standards, accredits training programs that meet NIMS quality requirements, and promotes innovative solutions, such as competency-based apprenticeship, to connect credentialed and work-ready individuals with employers.  The mission of NIMS is to provide world-class, industry-developed and validated competency-based skill standards, credentials, and training frameworks that enable collaboration between educators, manufacturers, policy-makers, and community-based organizations in a joint effort to increase the skills of the manufacturing workforce (  Educational opportunities at FTCC include the two-year associate degree program in Computer-Integrated Machining Technology as well as diploma and certificate programs of study.  FTCC also provides a certificate program of study in Basic Computer-Integrated Machining for high school students enrolled at FTCC through the High School Connections program.  FTCC’s training in Computer-Integrated Machining provides students with the analytical, creative, and innovative skills necessary for a successful career focused in precision manufacturing utilizing a variety of machine shop industrial equipment in a state-of-the-art facility.

Gary Smith serves FTCC as the department chairperson, and Kevin Henry (faculty member) and Nat Coomer (Instructional Lab Technician) complete the team responsible for delivering high-quality education to students enrolled in the Computer-Integrated Machining program of study.  Pamela Gibson serves FTCC as the Dean of Engineering and Applied Technology.   

“NIMS accreditation is a significant accomplishment and places FTCC among those who garner greater viability, credibility, and value.  I am very proud of our Computer-Integrated Machinist team for their diligence in reaching this level of success,” said FTCC President Dr. Larry Keen.

Fayetteville Technical Community College was established in 1961 and serves over 35,000 students annually by providing over 280 occupational, technical, general education, college transfer, and continuing education programs to meet students’ needs and desires as well as the community. Visit FTCC’s website at  Like us on Facebook / Follow us on Twitter @faytechcc / Check us out on Instagram