Leyden's Metals Program recognized by the TMA Ed. Foundation


TMA’s 4th Annual Manufacturing Summer Camp is starting soon! The camp was developed in an effort to increase the exposure of manufacturing field to high school students. Manufacturing Summer Camp brings TMA members and students together to gain a firsthand look at the field of manufacturing.
The two-week program runs Monday through Thursday from 8-4PM from July 7th to July 17th. There will be a classroom component in which students will complete ACT WorkKeys testing to earn their National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) and MSSC coursework to earn their MSSC Safety credential. Participants will also spend part of their day touring member facilities in an effort to introduce them to the various options a career in manufacturing can offer.
Building on the success of last summer’s camp, we will be adding a new career readiness workshop to help give students an edge in securing internships and jobs within the field.  Also new this year will be visits from local colleges, and an in-depth tour of the brand new TMA hands-on CNC Training Center, giving students firsthand exposure to state-of-the-art CNC machining.
All interested students should apply early, as space is limited.  There are also scholarships available to offset the cost of the camp.
For more information please feel free to contact me directly by replying to this email, or call 847-847-825-1120.

02/2014 - Leyden receives TMA Education Foundation grant for Haas TM-1P.

6/20/2012 - Leyden Metals program receives grant from the Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA) education foundation.

3/9/2012 - TMA Summer Camp Registration Open (Runs July 16th-26th Monday through Thursday)

2/1/2012 - Leyden Metal Shop Class Honored by Industry Groups (Journal & Topics Newspaper)

12/14/2011 - Leyden's Metals Program offically NIMS accredited!!!

National Institute for Metalworking Skills
The Leyden Metals Program is a NIMS accredited program!

The purpose of NIMS national accreditation is to improve the quality of training programs as part of the national endeavor to build and maintain and globally competitive workforce while providing career opportunities to employees.

Program Requirements
Accreditation involves a three-step process: registration of the program with NIMS, the completion of a self-study analysis and an on-site audit. There are also credentialing requirements.
• The Self-Study - Candidate programs rate themselves against NIMS quality measures in the areas of administrative support, instructional quality and capacity, curriculum, equipment and tooling, advisory council roles, safety and the integration of the national standards.
• The On-Site Audit - A three -person team comprised of industry and education personnel conduct an on-site review, verifying the self-study report and documentation. The team interviews administrative and corporate personnel, instructors, students/workers, advisory council members and industry leaders. The team also inspects the facility and equipment and analyzes safety practices.
• Credentials -Instructors must earn NIMS credentials in the modules that they instruct. Students/workers must have earned credentials in the modules for which accreditation is sought. These requirements are prior to accreditation.

Advantages to Industry Programs
NIMS accreditation sends a powerful message that the program meets national industry standards. This is an important message to internal and external customers, the board of directors, employees, future employees customers and the community at-large.

Advantages to Education/Training Institutions
Achieving NIMS accreditation is also a great tool for educational institutions and also conveys an important message about the quality of the school to parents, the local governing body, state and federal partners, foundations, future students, industry and the local community.

9/19/2011 - Leyden's Metals Program named BEST HIGH SCHOOL MACHINE SHOP! by SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers) 

10/5/2011 Leyden's Metals Program awarded a partnership award. The Des Plaines Valley Region (DVR) Partnership Award recognizes outstanding innovative programs that support our mission, which is:

“All students will develop the attitudes, knowledge and skills to become life-long learners and be prepared for the technological changes of the future.”

DVR Careers in American Manufacturing

10/10/11 Franklin Park Herald-Journal Article -

10/25/2011 TMA Education Foundation Video Features Leyden Student and Lab!

TMA - Changing Tomorrow

Frank Holthouse,
Sep 22, 2011, 2:17 PM