Hawkeye Instructors Earn National Institute of Manufacturing Skills Certifications

posted on Monday, January 12, 2015 in  College News

Workshop attendees (L to R): Brent Blythe, Dan Parker, Al Parks, Jamie Dettmer, Bret Weber, Rich Rice, Jeremy Steiner, Paul Kurt, Keith Siers, Mike Blizzard, and Randy Bonde. Not pictured: Brian Busch.

By: Public Relations and Marketing

Six Hawkeye Community College instructors received certification from the National Institute of Manufacturing Skills (NIMS) after an intensive workshop training held at Hawkeye.

Formed in 1995 by the metalworking trade associations, NIMS develops and maintains a globally competitive workforce by setting industry skills standards, certifying individual skills against the standards, and accrediting training programs to meet quality requirements. NIMS is the only developer of standards for the nation’s metalworking industry accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

Joining the Hawkeye instructors were individuals from five other Iowa community colleges, who all participated in the intensive training led by Mike Blizzard, NIMS master trainer. The workshop was funded by the Iowa Advanced Manufacturing Consortium (I-AM).

The colleges and instructors completing the NIMS workshop included:

Hawkeye Community College:

  • Brent Blythe, CNC and tool-making technology instructor
  • Jamie Dettmer, CNC and tool-making technology instructor
  • Paul Kurt, CNC and tool-making technology instructor
  • Bret Weber, CNC and tool-making technology instructor
  • Keith Siers, CNC and tool-making technology instructor
  • Rich Rice, advanced manufacturing shop supervisor

Southeastern Community College:

  • Jeremy Steiner, CNC programmer for HawkeyePedershaab/adjunct CNC instructor
  • Brad Junker, CNC instructor

Iowa Valley Community College

  • Al Parks, CNC instructor

North Iowa Area Community College

  • Randy Bonde, tool and die instructor

Northwestern Community College

  • Brian Busch, general machining/business and industry trainer

Northeast Iowa Community College

  • Dan Parker, CNC instructor


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