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Lone Star College instructor co-authors NIMS-endorsed workbook

HOUSTON (June 29, 2011) – Lone Star Corporate College instructor Dave Lenzi has co-authored a new machining technology workbook that has been exclusively endorsed by a national metalworking governing body.

The “Precision Machining Technology Workbook and Project Manual” is the first of its kind and it carries an exclusive endorsement and recommendation by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills, or NIMS, for use in accredited Machining Level I Programs. NIMS is a national governing and accrediting entity for the metalworking/machining industry.

Secondary and post-secondary students, including those in Lone Star College’s machining, machine shop assistant and machine tool operator certificate programs, will benefit from the textbook’s hands-on learning exercises and critical thinking tests.

Lone Star College’s classes, combined with this textbook/workbook combination, will give students the practical skills they need to obtain NIMS’ nationally-recognized credentials and help make them a commodity in the machining technology industry.

Lenzi co-authored the workbook with James Hillwig, a precision machining instructor from Crawford County Career Technical Center in Meadville, Penn.

“We’re proud that this book received a stamp of approval from NIMS, which validates the work that was put into it,” said Lenzi. “The practical content represents years of experience in this industry.”

The “Precision Machining Technology Workbook and Project Manual” is a companion to the “Precision Machining Technology” textbook written by Hoffman, Hopewell, Janes, and Sharp Jr.

In addition to being an instructor for Lone Star Corporate College, Lenzi is also the senior program manager of advanced manufacturing and apprenticeships. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from Texas Women’s University and has more than 25 years of industry experience as a tool and die maker, tool designer, manufacturing engineer, quality auditor, and quality control manager. Lenzi has worked for Texas Instruments, Motorola, and as a consultant for other industry-leading organizations.

For more information about the machining and metalworking curriculum at Lone Star College, go to LoneStar.edu/CTE.

With more than 69,000 students in credit classes for spring 2011, and a total enrollment of more than 85,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of five colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, and LSC-Tomball, six centers, LSC-University Park, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.