by Joe Wyatt Published September 30, 2020 The Machining Technology Program at Amarillo College is pleased to announce that it has achieved full reaccreditation – good for another five years – from the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS). According to its website, NIMS accreditation is the nation's only distinction for excellence in metalworking training as based on NIMS industry-written, industry-approved skills standards. Accredited programs demonstrate the ability to produce skilled, work-ready individuals that fulfill industry's 21st Century workforce needs. AC’s Machine Technology Program achieved NIMS Level I Skill Standard accreditation in April of 2015. It was the culmination of an intensive year-long process that entailed a comprehensive, on-site facility inspection and in-depth interviews with faculty, administrators and local employers. Bob Gustin, instructor of machining technology who spearheaded both the initial accreditation and the 2020 reaccreditation, said program graduates with NIMS credentials have an advantage when entering the job market. “It not only makes our graduates that much more employable, it usually leads to a substantial reduction in the time they have to spend at the apprentice level,” Gustin said. “NIMS certification is what industry is looking for.” AC offers basic and advanced certificates, as well as an AAS degree in machining technology. Since becoming fully accredited in 2015, a total of 66 AC students have earned nationally recognized capstone credentials from NIMS.