Please do not re-invent the wheel!
Jim Catanzaro, Jim Scales, Kenny Smith and all other Tennessee Educators need to check with their friends in Alabama and Kentucky how they structured their technical training in order to provide personnel to industry with the needed skills in manufacturing.
They did, one thing, accredit their schools with NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills, Inc.)
NIMS does list 13 accredited schools in Alabama and 18 schools in Kentucky.
Pennsylvania and Connecticut have signed up to use the NIMS Certification program for metalworking students statewide. Even our Army maintenance technicians are NIMS certified upon completion of their training at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. It must noted that there are two NIMS accredited programs and two pending accreditations in Tennessee. Tennessee educators should also check with other states were there are large European manufacturing facilities.
These states have all changed their curriculum on the advise of these large employers.
We must keep in mind the fact that skills training in High School and post-secondary schools often provides students with the desire to enroll in College. Articulation agreements between Technical Schools and Colleges will encourage students to continue on their chosen career path.
Industry badly needs people who have practical skills and also theoretical knowledge.
For more information log onto: www.nims-skills.org