Manufacturers and Officials Honor Technology Trailblazer

Category: Education
Author: Jamison Scott
Date: 01/30/2013

The New Haven Manufacturers Association recognized Tuttle, with an engraved plaque, for achieving certification from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) for Platts manufacturing program. NIMS sets skills standards for the industry, certifies individual skills against the standards, and accredits training programs that meet its requirements.

Tuttle also received a gubernatorial citation and a legislative citation at the Graduate Club in New Haven.

The NIMS accreditation identifies our program as one of only a few in the nation with the highest overall success, Tuttle said. The NIMS process evaluates equipment, curriculum, instruction, supplies, industry support and relations, and job placements. Our graduates are now able to include in their resumes the status attending a nationally recognized program. The hope is that this would offer them better careers and salaries.

Robert Klancko, co-chair of the Workforce Enhancement Committee of the New Haven Manufacturers Association, said NIMS certification is a milestone in Tuttles longtime dedication to improving manufacturing education in Connecticut.

What hes been able to accomplish is fabulous both for the students and for their potential employers, Klancko said. NIMS certification is a credential that they carry with them for life, and it attests to a level of skill and achievement in particular technical areas that is certified by a national organization.

Nivea Torres, interim superintendent of the Connecticut Technical High School System, attended the ceremony and said that Platt continues to set the standard for the states efforts to produce a skilled manufacturing workforce for the 21st century.

This NIMS site accreditation validates the hard work and dedication of Dave Tuttle, the support of Platts administration, and the support of the New Haven Manufacturers Association and its members, she said. We congratulate them on this well-deserved recognition and we look forward to our continued collaboration with our business and manufacturing partners.

Catherine Smith, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, spoke at the event.

I am delighted to see Dave Tuttle recognized by NHMA, she said afterward. The program he has built at Platt models the vision the governor has for ensuring close collaboration between business and our technical schools.