The entire class in the second cohort of Thomas Nelson Machining at Continental passed the National Institute of Metal Working Skills (NIMS) measurement, material and safety certification. A team from Thomas Nelson joined students, instructors and management at Continental on Monday, Feb. 25 to celebrate.
NIMS sets industry skills standards, certifies individual skills against industry standards, and accredits training programs that meet NIMS quality requirements. Students have earned the first of two NIMS credentials available in the machining program.
The program's currently enrolled students are Continental employees. Through the partnership with Continental, Thomas Nelson is able to offer the machining course to anyone outside of the organization interested in getting ahead.
“Anyone can do this. It’s not easy, but they help you with the challenges,” said Marquise Kirk, who heard about the program while looking at information board at Continental. “As long as I can get a chance to move up and better myself I’m going to take it. They shared a blueprint with us of going from a PA or temp to an engineer and I want to do what I can to follow that path.”
The six-student cohort will earn the Precision Machining Computer Numerical Controls Technology Career Studies Certificate in May.
Amanda Peters and Tashana Fields learned about the program at an “all-hands” meeting at Continental.
“I always want to better my knowledge. If I can get better at what I’m doing I’m going to take the opportunity,” said Peters.
“I wanted something different. I’ve liked working with my hands. I love the class. I don’t want it to end. I’m really considering continuing,” said Fields.
A partnership between Thomas Nelson and Continental launched in 2017 to train future machinists at the global manufacturer's Newport News plant to meet the Peninsula’s growing need for skilled personnel.
Part of the engine systems unit of Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.’s powertrain division, the facility produces fuel injectors and more as a supplier to car manufacturers.