Brian Janes had never written anything until he was invited to cowrite a textbook for National Institute of Metalworking Skills [NIMS] Level I Machinist for Cengage Learning.
Janes, of Glasgow, is an assistant professor for Bowling Green Technical College, teaching advanced manufacturing and computer and numerical controlled machining. He accepted the challenge to write the textbook, which was released in the United States in 2011.
This summer, the textbook was released to several countries in Europe and Asia, as well as Canada, Australia, India and Africa.
“Many of our technical publications have strong international appeal, and we routinely export them through our own channels,” said Lindsay Stanley, senior director of public and media relations for Cengage Learning. “We anticipate an opportunity to serve countries looking to help train a skilled workforce. South Africa is adopting NIMS [National Institute for Metalworking Skills] credentials and curriculum into a program designed to increase training for a skilled workforce.”
The international release of the textbook was something Janes didn’t expect.
“It’s hard to believe there is some dude in England reading my stuff,” he said.
With one book published, Janes is already contemplating writing others.
For the full story, see the print or e-edition of Wednesday's Glasgow Daily Times.