High school only one in Michigan to boast honor
The dedicated efforts of staff and students at Oakland Schools Technical Campus-Southwest (OSTC-SW) have paid off, as it was recently announced the school’s machining program has earned a national accreditation.
The accreditation was given by the National Institute for Metal Working Skills (NIMS), the nation’s only distinction for excellence in the metalworking field. OSTC-SW is the only high school in the state to possess a NIMS certification.
NIMS sets the industry standard for training and skill validation within precision manufacturing, certifies individual skills against the standards and accredits training programs that meet NIMS’ quality requirements.
“For 18 months, staff gathered data and prepared students for evaluation day,” said Martin Kaye, dean at OSTC-SW. “It was a rigorous process, but the results are worth it.”
Kaye added it was the machining program’s instructor, Steve Rose, who helped ensure OSTC-SW earned the recognition.
“Having an accredited program demonstrates the ability to produce skilled, work-ready individuals that fulfill industry’s 21st century workforce needs,” said Kaye. “OSTC Southwest is very fortunate to have such a talented, experienced teacher in Steve Rose leading our machining program.”
Sarah Davis is the communications specialist for Oakland Schools.