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DCC Named a National Training Center for Precision Machining Educators


DANVILLE, VA, May 7, 2015 – Danville Community College joins a select number of colleges in North America that will provide specialized training opportunities for educators in precision machining. Haas Automation chose DCC as a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) teacher training location. Classes start soon.

“We are honored that Haas has chosen DCC to be one of their Train the Trainer partners,? says Troy Simpson, Director of Advanced Manufacturing. “Being selected speaks volumes for the ability of our precision machining instructors, who have worked tirelessly to deliver quality CNC instruction on a national level.?

DCC is one of three new regional Haas Technical Education Center (HTEC) locations. The other locations are Central Maine Community College and De Anza College (California). The new training centers are modeled after the HTEC at Vincennes University (Indiana). The HTEC goal is to address the shortage of well-trained CNC machinists and operators nationwide.

?A critical issue of delivering quality CNC education to students is the ongoing development of CNC teachers,? adds Bob Skodzinsky, Manager – HTEC Network at Haas Automation. “The new regional locations will help advance manufacturing in the United States. By effective, advanced training and teacher certification, the students will become highly skilled engineers, CNC programmers, machinists and operators.?

As an HTEC location, DCC will offer instructors training in CNC milling and CNC turning and the opportunity to earn National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certifications. NIMS is the metalworking industry’s premier standards and skills certification body. Its certifications are recognized on a national and global level. The CNC classes are offered in a blended delivery format, combining hands-on, textbook and online training.

“One of the primary goals of the HTEC Network is helping CNC Educators excel,? Skodzinsky says. “Danville Community College has demonstrated the strength of its current academic program with a knowledgeable instructional staff, a very well equipped and modern CNC Lab and strong support from the local manufacturing community. DCC has a model CNC education program and the College was selected to expand the HTEC CNC Teacher Training Program to serve and guide HTEC schools throughout the Southeast and South.?

Becoming a CNC teacher training center builds upon the DCC Precision Machining Technology program’s success and ongoing partnership with Haas Automation. The Gene Haas Foundation recently awarded a $1 million grant to the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research to support the new Gene Haas Center for Integrated Machining which houses the third-year Integrated Machining Technology Capstone program for graduates of precision machining technology programs throughout the region. The Capstone Integrated Machining Technology project is the first of its kind in the United States.

Other recent accomplishments of Precision Machining Technology program include expansion of the CNC lab in the Charles R. Hawkins Engineering and Industrial Technologies Building and the earning of 96 NIMS certifications by DCC students in 2014. Moving forward, as a CNC teacher training center, DCC will play a role in equipping instructors with the skills and expertise necessary to prepare students for today’s highly technical jobs in advanced manufacturing.

“We look forward to secondary and postsecondary instructors from throughout the United States coming to our campus and participating in the CNC training activities,? Simpson says.

The Gene Haas Foundation is providing scholarships to assist CNC instructors with the cost of training. For more information, visit, or click here.


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