Asnuntuck Community College’s Manufacturing Technology Center, always looking to strengthen its quality and commitment to students and the manufacturing community, is pleased to announce it has been awarded a five year reaccreditation from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills, Inc. (NIMS).

NIMS states that it was formed in 1995 by the metal working trade associations to develop and maintain a globally competitive American workforce.

The accreditation acknowledges that ACC’s program is providing a quality training program that turns out a well trained workforce ready to fill the growing demand in the region. This is the second time the college has earned this recognition. It was first awarded the accreditation in 2007.

“The Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system strives to meet the high standards and needs of Connecticut’s manufacturers,” said Gregory Gray, President of the Board of Regents for Higher Education. “It is important that our institutions meet the national standards necessary to produce graduates who are prepared to enter into the state’s manufacturing workforce.”

Programs eligible for this national organization’s ranking may be involved in education, industry or a combination of both. Asnuntuck’s Manufacturing Technology Program offers training to secondary and postsecondary students, along with retraining opportunities for those already in the field.

ACC underwent a three part process in order to keep this distinction. The college held an accreditation with the program, completed a self-study analysis and underwent an on-site audit. The initial process required that ACC’s instructors had to be certified in the areas they teach and that students earned credentials in these areas.

Frank Gulluni, Director of ACC’s Manufacturing Technology Center, explains the important of the college’s program holding this distinction, “My interest in NIMS Accreditation was motivated by a commitment to national excellence.” He continues, “Simply, I wanted to ensure our compatibility with national standards for a machine technology institution.”

The college is able to continue its accreditation beyond the five years by reapplying and undergoing additional reviews and audits.

Classes in the manufacturing technology center began on September 2nd. For more information on the program and how to register, or call Paul Felici at 860-253-3189.