Students earn ETHS’s first integrated manufacturing certifications

February 25, 2013 10:00 AM

The Career & Technical Education (CTE) Department at ETHS offers a unique series of "tech prep" courses that teach students the high-tech skills they need to be successful in technology-based fields and jobs related to designing, manufacturing, building, repairing, communications, and sales/marketing. Many of these courses provide students with the opportunity to leave high school with industry-specific certifications and credentials.
This school year, for the first time ever, students enrolled in the ETHS Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) course have earned industry-recognized machining certifications from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). The following ETHS students passed the NIMS certification test in the area of Material, Measurement, and Safety: Demetrius Carter, Elissa Fitch, Karl Foster, James Hrajnoha, Quinn Joyce, Erin McKearnan, Matthew Pepper, Thomas Schultz, Alex Stewart, and Richard Sosa. The yearlong 2 Manufacturing/CIM course is open to ETHS students in grades 10, 11 and 12 who have completed prerequisite coursework. The course is taught by Jonathan Lawrence.
NIMS certifies individual skills against the national standards. The NIMS credentialing program requires that the candidate meet both performance and theory requirements. Both the performance and knowledge examinations are industry-designed and industry-piloted. There are 52 distinct NIMS skill certifications. "NIMS credentials are respected by employers around the country as evidence of prospective employees’ skills in manufacturing," commented Shelley Gates, ETHS Department Chair of Career & Technical Education.
In the fall of this school year, a 2 Manufacturing field trip was highlighted by the Chicago Tribune. ETHS senior Erin McKearnan, who was featured in the news video story, is one of the ten students who now has NIMS certification.

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