The precision manufacturing program at Desert View High School has been added to the M-List, a prestigious listing of manufacturing-related education programs recognized by The Manufacturing Institute.
The Desert View program is led by instructor Cesar Gutierrez and overseen by Kathy Prather, director of career and technical education and Joint Technical Education District programs at Sunnyside Unified School District.
The M-List recognizes high schools, community colleges, and universities that are “teaching manufacturing students to industry standards.” Based in Washington, D.C., the Manufacturing Institute is a nonprofit affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers that works to identify and address skill gaps in the manufacturing workforce.
Desert View’s precision- manufacturing program is one of only two in the state on the M-List, along with Maricopa Community College.
Machining students can earn dual credit for courses at Pima Community College, while advanced engineering students can get credit at the University of Arizona.
The school also is working toward accreditation as a training facility under the National Institute for Metalworking Skills, or NIMS.
About 30 Desert View students already have won NIMS Level 1 certifications for safety and measurement, Prather said.
Desert View is an official testing center for SolidWorks, computer-aided design software, and is working to become certified for MasterCam, computer-aided design and manufacturing software.
Tucson High Magnet School, which hosts its own JTED-supported machining program, also is seeking NIMS certification.
Both high schools and Pima Community College have been working to beef up training and internships with Southern Arizona Manufacturing Partners, an industry group working to remedy a shortage of skilled manufacturing workers.