Honda grant will support the SME Education Foundation’s PRIME® (Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education) program, a community-based approach to manufacturing education.
DEARBORN, Mich., Marysville, Ohio, June 5, 2013 — Manufacturers searching for the skilled workers necessary to compete in the 21st century are actively participating in the effort to close the skills gap that exists. As part of an ongoing commitment to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education programs, Honda of America Mfg., Inc. has committed $75,000 to support the SME Education Foundation’s PRIME program over the next three years.
PRIME® is an initiative of the SME Education Foundation to address the shortage of advanced manufacturing and technical talent in the United States. Through this effort, the Foundation provides funding to exemplary schools that offer programs with STEM curriculums and project-based learning to help students pursue technical careers or post-secondary education.
The funding provided by Honda will focus on growing PRIME in the state of
Through its charitable giving and volunteer programs, Honda supports a number of activities in local communities to encourage student development in the STEM disciplines. In addition to the SME Education Foundation’s PRIME initiative, Honda’s commitment to STEM-based learning includes sponsorship of the National Robotics Challenge held each year in Marion, Ohio, local school-based STEM and robotics clubs, as well as summer programs and competitions in Central Ohio like Camp Invention and Invention Convention.
“The SME Education Foundation and Honda of America are committed to addressing the skills gap that exists in America today,” says Bart A. Aslin, CEO, SME Education Foundation. “It’s important for businesses to understand that their future skilled workforce is sitting in a classroom today and needs their support to develop skills in these key areas.”
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the average age of a highly skilled
Honda established operations in
Based on its longstanding commitment to "build products close to the customer," Honda operates 14 major manufacturing facilities in North America, producing a wide range of Honda and Acura automobiles, automobile engines and transmissions, Honda all-terrain vehicles and power equipment products such as lawn mowers, mini-tillers and general-purpose engines, using domestic and globally sourced parts.
Seven Honda auto plants in the region, including four in the
In addition to manufacturing, Honda operates major research and development centers in the
About SME Education Foundation:
The SME Education Foundation is committed to inspiring, preparing and supporting the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists in the advancement of manufacturing education. Created by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 1979, the SME Education Foundation has provided more than $33 million since 1980 in grants, scholarships and awards through its partnerships with corporations, organizations, foundations and individual donors. Visit the SME Education Foundation at www.smeef.org. Also visit www.CareerMe.org for information on advanced manufacturing careers and www.ManufacturingisCool.com, our award-winning website for young people.
Bart A. Aslin, CEO, SME Education Foundation, 313.425-3300, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ron Lietzke, Honda North America, Inc. 937-644-6627
Stacey Pond, Honda of
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