Machining Program Earns NIMS Accreditation

Published: April 29, 2015

nimsRecognition demonstrates excellence in metal working training.

The computer integrated machining technology program at Johnston Community College has earned national accreditation by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills, Inc. (NIMS).

The purpose of NIMS national accreditation is to improve the quality of training programs as part of the national endeavor to build and maintain a globally competitive workforce while providing career opportunities to employees. In receiving this national recognition, JCC faculty and staff demonstrate their dedication to excellence in metalworking training within the state of North Carolina and nationally.

This recognition required several quality reviews by NIMS which culminated in an on-site evaluation that occurred at JCC in the fall of 2014. The evaluation included an inspection of the College's metalworking shop, as well as a host of in-depth interviews with students, instructors, administrators, program advisory committee members, and local employers.

Brian Worley, director of technology and vocational programs at JCC, said the accreditation is a tremendous accomplishment for the college and the Johnston County community. The accreditation will allow students to earn up to eight NIMS credentials while attending JCC, Worley noted.

"These credentials are nationally recognized and should help students become gainfully employed after graduation," said Worley. "It also is a great economic development tool as the county works to attract new industry. This accreditation will let those companies know that JCC is prepared to provide them with well-trained machinists."

Worley also noted the important role two grants – a Golden Leaf grant and one from the North Carolina Community College System – played in modernizing equipment that assisted in the NIMS accreditation process.

For more information about the computer integrated machining technology program at JCC, please contact instructor Dwight Barnes at (919) 464-2286 or

Cut line: Machining instructors Dwight Barnes and Dexter Edwards are pictured with first and second year machining students.