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Automated Manufacturing, Machining Majors Renew Accreditation

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills has recognized the excellence of the manufacturing and machining curriculum at Pennsylvania College of Technology by renewing the college’s accreditation.

Majors covered by the accreditation are a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering technology, associate degrees in automated manufacturing technology and machine tool technology, and a certificate in machinist general.

“In receiving this national recognition, the college and its faculty demonstrate their continued commitment to excellence in metalworking training within the state of Pennsylvania and for the greater good of the U.S. manufacturing industry,” said Catherine L. Ross, director of accreditation for NIMS.

National Institute for Metalworking Skills
National Institute for Metalworking Skills

The college first received NIMS accreditation in 2001. The renewal review process consisted of a comprehensive self-evaluation and a rigorous on-site assessment.

Metalworking trade associations formed NIMS in 1995 to develop and maintain a globally competitive American workforce. NIMS achieves that by accrediting training programs, developing national skill standards covering the breadth of metalworking operations and certifying individual skills against the national standards.

Penn College manufacturing and machining students have the opportunity to earn individual NIMS skill credentials. College faculty members currently have 21 NIMS credentials.

“The renewal of the college’s NIMS accreditation validates our philosophy and hands-on approach in preparing the next generation of manufacturing and machinist professionals,” said David R. Cotner, dean of the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies. “The accreditation reflects the quality of our students, faculty and facilities.”

For information about manufacturing, machining and other majors offered by the college’s School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, call 570-327-4520.

For more about Penn College, a national leader in applied technology education, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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