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Russell Chaney with CMM Accreditation bannerTechnology Center’s CMM Program Earns National Certification

The Grayson County Technology Center’s Computerized Manufacturing and Machining (CMM) program has earned national certification from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS).

Students will now have the opportunity to test for national credentials this school year in a two-part assessment of skills and knowledge.

“They actually have to make a part 100 percent to print specifications and then they have to pass a written component, said CMM instructor Russell Chaney. The one-time NIMS registration is good for life, and additional certifications can be earned with increased skills and education.

The skill component must be reviewed and passed by an industry committee before the written section can be scheduled. Chaney himself was required to pass the test, and actually made the same parts that students will be required to produce. Testing covers four parts including job planning, benchwork and layout, materials and safety, manual milling, and turning operations. The skills component is assessed by a committee of industry professionals.

Chaney added that going through the process gave him insight into his current curriculum and adjustments that will prove beneficial to all students in the program regardless of whether or not they take the test.

Technology Center Director Cynthia Smith is extremely proud of the NIMS certification for a variety of reasons. The certification adds validity to both the program and the instructor; the student certification lends credence when talking with a prospective employer.

“It provides legitimacy to the program in that these kids can walk out of here with a terrific skillset to be legitimately employable now, with a head start on skills they can hone in college,” she said, adding that with the strong local demand for these skills, “it’s a benefit to our whole community.”
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