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PSC noncredit courses designed with manufacturing in mind

PSC noncredit courses designed with manufacturing in mind

Manufacturing is back and one of the industries with high-paying jobs available. Many companies have an older workforce and are facing a future shortage of workers. Over the past few months representatives from Prairie State College have been meeting with manufacturing companies to find out what skills workers need and what training the college can offer to fill that skills shortage. An outcome from those meetings are new noncredit manufacturing courses. The courses are called NIMS Certification Manufacturing Courses, which stands for National Institute for Metalworking Skills.

The college is offering a series of four classes with the first one starting June 23. The classes are designed to be taken individually or in sequence. If a student takes all four classes he/she will earn the NIMS certification, which is a nationally recognized certification in manufacturing. The additional benefit to taking all four classes is that students who take the first three courses receive the fourth class free, a $700 value.

“This program is perfect for someone considering a career change, or who wants to make more money, or is looking for an interesting new job. The jobs are there and companies are looking for qualified candidates. Students who gain the NIMS certification become viable candidates for manufacturing jobs,” said Martin Wolfe, assistant professor and coordinator for industrial technology at PSC. “Manufacturing is not what it used to be. Companies are using better technology and need a workforce that is trained to meet their demands.”

The courses are noncredit so the students will earn certification upon completion, not college credit. NIMS Certifications are the credentials that manufacturing companies are looking for in new employees. The four courses cover basic and advanced manufacturing skills. The NIMS certification include NIMS: Materials, Measurement and Safety; NIMS: Job Planning, Benchwork, and Layout; NIMS: CNC Turning Operator 1; and NIMS: CNC Milling Operator level 1.

“What people need to consider is they can take these classes and then be a strong candidate for a job in manufacturing. The jobs are there and they pay well. This is a great option for both men and women who are looking for a new career or a new challenge,” Wolfe said.

These courses are approved for Workforce Initiative Funding for eligible individuals. WIA has helped many people learn new skills and training to make them more employable. WIA may help pay tuition, books, and other fees associated with the course.

For course descriptions and schedule information, visit and under announcements look for NIMS courses. Or you can call Michelle Guiliani at (708) 709-7957 for more information. The special offer of taking three classes and receiving one class for free is for those who start taking the class that begins on June 23.

The opinions are solely the writer's. Jennifer E. Stoner is the executive director of communications and marketing at Prairie State College. She can be reached at


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