RCBI Students Earn Industry Certifications

HUNTINGTON — Students and apprentices at RCBI earned more than 100 individual certifications from the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) this year.

Skill certifications such as those granted by NIMS offer workers a way to demonstrate what they have learned to potential employers. Companies use skill certifications as a way to assess new hires and address skill development in the workplace.

Students and apprentices have earned more than 1,600 NIMS certifications since 1999 when RCBI first incorporated certification as part of its training program.

Students in RCBI’s Machinist Technology Program must earn a minimum of three NIMS certifications to graduate but have the opportunity to earn up to eight. Greg Mayfield, a student in the Machinist Technology Program in Bridgeport, earned all eight this year. Students in the CNC Program are required to earn a minimum of two certifications to complete the program.

NIMS certifications address such areas as safety, milling, grinding and CNC turning. Students are tested on theory and perform certain tasks – the making of a part from blueprints, for example. That part is then assessed by RCBI instructors as well as industry experts.

RCBI is only organization in West Virginia on the Manufacturing Institute’s M-List, which recognizes schools, community colleges, technical schools and universities that are teaching students to industry standards.  Specifically, the schools offer students the opportunity to earn skill certifications as a standard part of their manufacturing education.