STC ranks nationally with metalworking institute

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STC ranks nationally with metalworking institute

South Texas College has recently received a high national ranking based on its credentialing of students from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills. (photo STC)
South Texas College has recently received a high national ranking from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills. (photo STC)

NIMS ranks college 10th in credentialing

South Texas College is among the top 10 in the nation when it comes to credentialing students entering the workforce, according to the National Institute for Metalworking Skills.

The college ranks as the 10th busiest credentialing location in the United States as of Sept. 20, 2017 with 163 credentials issued since Jan. 1. STC also ranks as the 11th busiest credentialing location in the United States over a five-year period. A total of 1,065 credentials have been issued since Jan. 1, 2012.

“South Texas College is focused on creating a high-skilled, technology-based economy, putting the Valley at the heart of rapid response manufacturing,” says Mario Reyna, dean of Business, Public Safety and Technology. “Our involvement with accrediting bodies like NIMS not only keeps us at the cutting-edge of industry, but gives us a competitive edge in recruiting new companies to our region.”

STC last renewed its NIMS accreditation of their Precision Manufacturing Technology program in 2013. Its next accreditation renewal is approaching in 2018. This will be the school’s third time establishing itself as a NIMS-Accredited institution.

NIMS his chosen by the United States Department of Labor as an industry intermediary. It’s role is to support the expansion of registered apprenticeships within manufacturing across the country.

“We have worked very diligently to maintain and exceed the NIMS standards,” said Esmeralda Adame, associate professor of Advanced Manufacturing Technology and program chair. “We are the only institute in Texas that has the credentials.”

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