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Gene Haas Foundation Awards IALR/DCC $1 Million Endowment for Advanced Manufacturing Education Program

As construction of a work flow cell training lab nears completion at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR), the Gene Haas Foundation recently announced award of a $1 million endowment to support the new workforce training initiative. 

The flow cell is part of the Capstone Integrated Machining Technology (IMT) project being developed through a partnership between the IALR and Danville Community College (DCC). 
The Capstone flow cell learning experience provides students the opportunity to train in an authentic manufacturing work flow cell, a unique concept being implemented for the first time in America through the IALR/DCC partnership. 
The coursework is presented as a “Capstone” third-year level of learning for students completing DCC’s Precision Machining Technology two-year degree program. Students will be able to earn valuable nationally recognized industry credentials, building upon the Level I competencies taught in DCC’s coursework to enable students at the IALR to earn Level II and Level III certifications from such esteemed organizations as the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). These certifications verify an employee’s competency in the various skills that today’s advanced manufacturing employers are seeking in new hires and existing employees. 
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Precision Machining Students Earn National Industry Certifications

DANVILLE, VA, March 3, 2015 – Training the next generation workforce is at the heart of Danville Community College’s Precision Machining Technology program. 
Students in the program now have the credentials to prove it – earning 96 certifications awarded by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) in Virginia in 2014. This is part of a growing collaboration with NIMS, the metalworking industry’s premier standards and skills certification body that is recognized both nationally and globally.

“It (NIMS) is a whole industry-led initiative,” said James A. “Jim” Wall, Executive Director of NIMS. “It allows a school to know that their curriculum aligns with the needs that have been identified by industry and also gives industry confidence in the readiness of their employees.”
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