Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education (PRIME)

PRIME School Initiative Recognized with Two Industry Awards - Educational partnership program acknowledged by Great Lakes Manufacturing Council and the Manufacturing Leadership Awards 

SME and the SME Education Foundation’s PRIME initiative actively engages and builds a collaborative network between manufacturing students, educators and industry to grow and train the next generation workforce while driving interest and awareness in manufacturing.

Established in 2011 with six schools, PRIME has received numerous industry recognitions as a leader in the support of manufacturing education. The initiative builds on a five-year, $5.2 million investment in the Foundation’s STEM-based workforce development program.

PRIME Success over our “short” 3 years (View PDF)

  • Established in 2011 with 6 schools in 6 states
  • Currently there are 32 schools in 21 states
  • In 2014 alone we have over 6,000 students impacted through PRIME.
    • 20% of students in the PRIME network were female and 42% were minorities
  • 70 percent of graduating PRIME seniors pursue postsecondary manufacturing education or directly enter the workforce.
    • In 2014 we had a total of 1,127 graduating in our PRIME Network
    • 160 of those students directly entered the manufacturing sector
    • 629 of those students continued on to post-secondary training or education in manufacturing
  • 100 PRIME students have received $303,000 in SME Education Foundation scholarships.
  • PRIME schools have received a total of $1,110,000 in funding to:
    • Update advanced manufacturing equipment and software
    • Fund student competitions and extra-curricular activities
    • Bolster opportunities for students to engage with industry
    • Support professional development of instructors and administrators
    • Establish Manufacturing/STEM summer camps and academies for middle school students
  • PRIME designated sites have the great support of our SME Chapters and members throughout the United States and Canada.
  • Our PRIME network has sites in 62% of states where manufacturing is experiencing a high demand for talent.
  • Recognized by the Great Lakes Manufacturing Council with the 2014 Manufacturing Leadership Award.


PRIME School Locations

 Click here to download the PRIME School Map 

How does a school benefit from PRIME?
To ensure the success of each PRIME school, the SME Education Foundation provides the following assistance:

  • Funding to update equipment, software and/or professional development for staff
  • Funding to host a STEM-focused youth camp
  • Scholarship opportunities for students 
  • Connections within the local manufacturing community to encourage opportunities for mentorships, facility tours and job shadows
  • Promotion of school’s participation in PRIME to local and industry media 
  • Recognition on and social media
  • PRIME school banner for visual community recognition


Partner with us and be part of the solution!

Contact Josh Cramer at 313.717.2268 or  to learn how.