Robert C. Byrd Institute Earns Another National Accreditation
HUNTINGTON – The Advanced Manufacturing Program at the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) has earned another accreditation from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS).
RCBI’s Advanced Manufacturing Program, the CNC Specialist Program, offers hands-on instruction in computer numerically controlled machine setup, tooling, operations and programming. RCBI’s Advanced Manufacturing Program is Machining Level 1, as accredited by NIMS.
The newly accredited machining program at RCBI is modeled on its award-winning Machinist Technology Program, a basic machining skills program that RCBI began in 1998. The basic program, which is also accredited by NIMS, was the first in West Virginia to couple machinist skills certification with the opportunity to earn a two-year college degree.
“NIMS accredits training programs that meet its quality requirements, which include an on-site audit and evaluation by a NIMS industry team that reviews and conducts on-site inspections of all aspects of the training programs,” said RCBI Director Charlotte Weber. “As West Virginia’s only NIMS-accredited and credentialing body, we are very excited to continue to build upon this high skill standard for the industry.” Weber also noted that all RCBI instructors hold the prestigious NIMS credentials, as do many of the RCBI staff.
“The accreditation by NIMS is great news for our program, our students and the labor market in the state of West Virginia,” said Program Manager Ed Black. “It shows that instruction at RCBI meets the demanding standards established by NIMS on behalf of the nation’s precision manufacturing industry.”
“We’re enormously proud of the individuals who have completed our programs,” Weber said. “Manufacturing builds healthy, wealthy communities. RCBI graduates have gone on to jobs in an industry known for providing good wages and benefits, an industry known for creating a vibrant research and development culture and an industry full and innovation and ingenuity.”