RCBI Machinist Program Earns National Reaccreditation

March 4, 2016

HUNTINGTON — The Machinist Technology/CNC Program offered at the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) in Huntington has earned reaccreditation from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). The five-year recertification followed a rigorous examination that determined the RCBI program continues to meet or exceed benchmark quality standards established by NIMS on behalf of the nation’s precision manufacturing industry.

“Our nationally recognized training develops the skills of machinists and CNC operators, helping bridge the manufacturing skills gap,” said RCBI Director & CEO Charlotte Weber. “Industry benchmarks such as these are critical to enhancing the ability of men and women who make things in America. Our program contributes to the competitiveness of the manufacturing sector.”

Begun in Huntington in 1998, the RCBI Machinist Technology/CNC Program boasts nearly 500 graduates, who have earned more than 1,600 individual NIMS credentials. RCBI students and apprenticeship participants received more than 97 percent of the NIMS credentials awarded in West Virginia during 2015.

Weber said the RCBI program was established in direct response to industry’s critical shortage of skilled machinists. The RCBI program is the only one of its kind in West Virginia and was the first in the nation to require its graduates to earn individual NIMS credentials. An option in the program enables individuals to earn a career-enhancing associate degree from a local community college. As a result, the RCBI program has been endorsed by NIMS as a national model for community and technical colleges.

For additional information about the RCBI Machinist Technology/CNC Program, phone 800.469.RCBI (7224) or email add  machinistprogram@rcbi.org.