Vincennes University’s Haas Technical Education Center is the recipient of accreditation from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS).
Jim Wall, executive director of the NIMS, recently presented the accreditation to VU President Dick Helton. Wall said the accreditation process is designed to recognize quality metalworking training programs nationally.
“In my humble opinion, you have one of the best — if not the best — programs at Vincennes University that we have seen anywhere in the country,” Wall said in a press release.
Helton thanked Wall and said that the accreditation “puts the stamp of approval on what Vincennes University is doing” in serving students and employers.
“Indiana is the largest manufacturing state per capita in the nation, so advanced manufacturing and career and technical education are important to our state,” he said. “Vincennes University is pleased to be part of that.”
Noting that Indiana employers have long recognized the quality of VU training, that reputation will now be enhanced nationally, said David Tucker, vice president for VU Workforce Development and Community Services.
“We want to have a focus here in Indiana but we also want to attract national companies seeking training and people from throughout the country who seek to enter the machining industry,” Tucker said. “We have trained teachers nationally and veterans who come from far-flung places, as well as Indiana. We look forward to being a leader both in Indiana and nationally.”
Following the accreditation presentation, VU alumnus Shane Sievers presented tooling to the VU program for two new Haas ST-10Y lathes on behalf of Sandvik. Sandvik is a long-time Haas Technical Education Center.
(HTEC) is a manufacturer of carbide cutting tools and materials for technology, mining, and construction. Sievers is a productivity engineer for Sandvik.
“One of the reasons we get better every day is because of support like this from Sandvik,” Helton said. “This machinery is very expensive. It is important that we give our students state-of-the-art opportunities, and donations like this allows us to do that.”