How Companies Can Get Involved

PRIME® gives manufacturers a voice in education, builds student awareness of manufacturing career pathways and provides them with options to acquire manufacturing industry credentials and successful employment.

PRIME gives your company a direct connection to the high school education system, allowing you to influence the development of a trained future workforce tailored to meet your business growth needs.

Each PRIME program is built upon the expressed workforce needs of an industry partner based on a consultative approach in lieu of a prescriptive, generic curriculum.

PRIME serves as the “translator” between your company, other manufacturers and the local high school network to create opportunities for students to gain relevant, hands-on knowledge and skills for manufacturing.

The PRIME program engages local manufacturing professionals with opportunities to serve on advisory boards to offer leadership insight to technology and curriculum needs and to interact with students through mentoring and job shadowing.

PRIME generates your qualified manufacturing talent pool more efficiently than traditional education models.

PRIME supplements traditional coursework and provides students with 21st century manufacturing skills which can lead to industry credentials. PRIME® integrates the collective strengths of SME ranging from Tooling U SME curriculum to engagement of SME student members. PRIME® students are often capable of successfully transitioning to the manufacturing workforce immediately upon high school graduation.

PRIME creates a strong economic impact in communities by providing students with direct connections to employment opportunities and companies with access to a qualified workforce.

By expanding the pipeline of qualified workers in a community, PRIME® provides companies with access to a highly skilled and educated local workforce, addressing one of the most critical elements of success for future growth and innovation.

PRIME provides you with an opportunity to fulfill two key business objectives - linking your corporate citizenship goals to your workforce development needs.

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit your tax deductible contribution to the SME Education Foundation allows you to fulfill your philanthropic goals while developing your future manufacturing workforce.