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Grants Awarded for Addressing Precision-Machining Skills Gap

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
The Precision Machined Products Association’s (PMPA’s) Education Foundation, Brecksville, OH, has announced the awarding of two grants to cover the cost of credentialing incurred by organizations interested in offering the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Right Skills Now (RSN) program for precision machining. The program kicked off in Ohio, with grants in support of the NIMS credentialing program at Lorain County Community College and Stark State College of Technology, as they launch RSN. These grants cover the schools’ NIMS registration and credentialing fees. Through this initiative, students at the two schools can earn four industry-recognized NIMS certifications.
RSN is nationally-recognized as a fast-track solution to providing highly skilled, certified talent to the shop floor. Students enrolled in the Lorain County Community College or Stark State Right Skills Now program will complete 16-24 weeks of coursework, which provides them with the knowledge and skills demanded in precision-machining careers. At the culmination of each course, students complete performance and theory assessments to obtain four industry-recognized NIMS credentials and enter into internships with local employers. Depending on the area of study, students will also receive as many as 20 credits toward an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.
“The PMPA Educational Foundation is committed to supporting educational programs like Right Skills Now at Lorain County Community College and Stark State College that provide students with the skills that are most in-demand within the precision machining industry. The need for skilled and credentialed CNC operators is particularly strong in Ohio,” says Miles Free, PMPA director.
“This is just the start of our support of Right Skills Now,” adds Dave Knuepfer, PMPA Education Foundation president. “We are looking forward to helping more institutions qualify to issue RSN credentials and provide the skilled workforce that is needed in all of our shops. As other institutions adopt this program we will consider providing them with the same level of support. ”
For details on Right Skills Now, visit the NIMS website at For more on grant opportunities through PMPA, visit


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