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Published on May 8th, 2017 | by Aasha Francis


Wright College Humboldt Park: Accreditation Renewal Site for Advanced Manufacturing

The Advanced Manufacturing Computerized Numerical Control program at Wright College Humboldt Park is an accredited program of the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS); students completing the 16-credit hour college basic certificate have the opportunity to earn up to six NIMS industry credentials as part of the curriculum.

Wright College Humboldt Park completed a 6-hour accreditation visit with NIMS Evaluator Joan Cook for the CNC Manufacturing Program on Thursday, May 4.  The NIMS Accreditation Renewal Site Visit occurs every five years and included the following components:

  • Tour of CNC shop/classroom and review of safety documentation
  • Interviews with CNC daytime cohort students
  • Interview with Associate Dean Maureen Fitzpatrick
  • Interviews with 2 CNC Instructors:  Al Suarez & Leonid Flyater
  • Calls to Manufacturing Advisory Council Members
  • Interview with CNC Program Coordinator Billy McFarland
  • Roundtable lunch joined by two College Advisors, Barbara Krzewinska and Rolando Villarreal Sosa

It was an in-depth process, which included the completion of a 61-page self-study of the program in Fall 2016. I want to express my appreciation for the excellent teamwork, particularly CNC Program Coordinator Billy McFarland’s leadership, preparing for the NIMS accreditation visit.  Wright College will receive the official decision from NIMS within the next couple weeks and we were thrilled to receive the positive feedback from the Evaluator on the quality of the CNC program, particularly the student-centered environment at Wright Humboldt Park.

-Maureen Lopez Fitzpatrick, Associate Dean

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