Tech Ed wins Clips and Clamps Award


Industrial Technology Coordinator Mark Bosworth

The Southwestern Illinois College Industrial Technology faculty has clamped onto an award in metalforming and they're not letting go. 

For the second time, the Precision Machining Technology program has won the Clips and Clamps Industries Educational Institution Award from the Precision Metalforming Association Educational.

"This is a great honor for us here at SWIC," said SWIC Industrial Technology Coordinator Mark Bosworth. "This award comes from the hard work and help of our excellent students."

The college will be recognized at an awards reception during the organization's Fall Leadership Conference in Chicago this November. Later that month, the college will be featured at a PMAEF display in the FABTECH tradeshow in Chicago.

The SWIC Precision Machining Technology program includes training in Manual Machining, Computer Numerical Control programming/set-up and Computer-Aided Drafting/Computer-Aided Manufacturing. Students can also earn certifications recognized by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills, which are valid all over the U.S. 

The PMAEF is an organization created to coordinate support for training, education and awareness of affiliated metalforming companies, groups and schools.

"We are proud to receive this recognition from the PMAEF," said SWIC Technical Education Dean Brad Sparks. "We will continue to dedicate our efforts to improving the knowledge and career prospects of students in our area."

Clips and Clamps is one of many awards for the Technical Education division in the past year. SWIC PMT students Mike Campbell and Cody Coffin both of Collinsville won medals at the Skills USA National Competition this summer in Kansas City, Mo. Coffin won gold in the precision machining technology and Campbell won bronze in the CNC turning competitions.

For more information on the SWIC Technical Education programs, contact the division at 618-931-0600, ext. 7476.