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

Established in 2011 with six high schools, PRIME has grown to 44 schools in 22 states. Since 2012, more than 140 PRIME students have received nearly $400,000 in cumulative scholarships from the SME Education Foundation.

4 ways SME and PRIME provide a winning solution for manufacturing companies and students

  1. Students and educators at PRIME schools benefit from SME Membership’s network and resources. SME members—including manufacturing professionals, world-renowned researchers, educators and students—are not only looking to connect with peers and gain knowledge; but also share technical knowledge and experience by mentoring PRIME students, offering internships and providing job-shadowing opportunities.

  2. PRIME students have the opportunity to attend student summits at our national manufacturing events. These summits allow students, parents and educators to interact face-to-face with representatives of companies that provide revolutionary technologies and business-changing innovations.

  3. Designated PRIME schools have access to training materials and curriculum from Tooling U-SME, the industry leader in manufacturing training solutions. Tooling U-SME works directly with more than half of all Fortune 500 manufacturing companies, and 600 educational institutions, to provide training and certifications in almost every area of manufacturing.

  4. PRIME students and manufacturing professionals benefit from Advanced Manufacturing Media, which produces digital and print publications that provide relevant manufacturing news, technology and advances that improve their ability to make decisions in an intensely competitive global environment.