April 4, 2022


Status affirms rigor, quality of program

NASHUA – This March, Nashua Community College’s Precision Manufacturing Program received full program accreditation from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). “In attaining this accreditation, the program underwent a rigorous examination to ensure the curriculum, instruction, materials, equipment, and content delivery meet the organization’s quality standards aligned with the nation’s precision manufacturing industry,” said Associate VP of Academic Affairs Barry Garside.

NIMS accreditation is the only nationally recognized distinction for excellence in manufacturing and is based on industry-approved standards.

“The NIMS accreditation designation is an industry-recognized validation of the highest standards of student comprehension and instructional quality. The attainment of this accreditation verifies that the NCC Precision Manufacturing program produces skilled, work-ready individuals that fulfill industry’s 21st Century workforce needs,” said Garside.

“We are very pleased to achieve our NIMS accreditation. This will be a benefit to our students as they earn their credential at Nashua Community College,” said Mark Dodge, Precision Manufacturing Program Coordinator at NCC. Dodge thanked Garside and Professor Doug Howe of Mechanical Design Technology for their work on the accreditation, and said the accreditation status will help strengthen their relationship with industry partners, “It reinforces our association with the Gene Haas Foundation, which provides generous scholarships to our students.”

Haas Automation Inc. is the largest machine tool builder in the U.S., and its foundation has been a long-time supporter of manufacturing programs at NCC.

About Precision Manufacturing at NCC

The associate of science Precision Manufacturing associate degree prepares students to enter the workforce as skilled technicians, or transfer to earn their bachelor’s degrees. In their first year of the two-year program, students receive applied training in basic concepts of machine tool processes.

In the second year, students receive training in such specialized areas as production machining and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM), Computer Numerical Control (CNC) programming, setup and operation. Employment opportunities include CNC specialists, mold makers, technical support technicians, field service representatives, and general machinists.