The SME Education Foundation has selected Esperanza High School, Anaheim, Calif., as an exemplary school to participate in its PRIME (Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education) program, a comprehensive, community-based approach to manufacturing education.
The PRIME designation for
Bart A. Aslin, CEO, SME Education Foundation says, “Esperanza High School was named an exemplary PRIME school because of their skilled and dedicated instructors, engaged and active students, strong administrative support, the right mix of academic and real-world experience and the measureable success of their Engineering and Manufacturing Academy.”
At Esperanza, most of the PRIME funding will be directed to the expansion of their University of California – Irvine, (UCI) Engineering Performance Program and Esperanza’s Engineering and Manufacturing Academy introduced in 2011.The Engineering and Manufacturing Academy offers an Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing Program that is a project and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)-based course of study.
PRIME funding will also support field trips to increase student awareness and the involvement of local business; continued involvement of the PTA at Community Awareness events, and Counselor “Teas” to motivate and inform counselors. Instructor training will be provided for their geometry teacher using SolidWorks and MasterCam to better illustrate to students how geometry relates to the creation of a working part. This highly successful template for manufacturing education has also been acknowledged by the Orange County Board of Education who named it a model school.
Engineering Instructor, Larry Eynon and Manufacturing Instructor, Dennis “Walt” Walters work hard to provide access to the best possible in equipment and facilities. Says Walters, “PRIME is not about us, it’s about setting the bar, increasing awareness and encouraging school districts to improve their relationships and effectiveness as they work with local universities, business and industry. Shared knowledge benefits our students. It is gratifying to work one-on-one with our students and help them realize their potential by understanding how to connect the dots. Every school district should have a program like this for their district students. No excuses.”
Esperanza’s CTE choices offer an introduction to Mechanical Engineering with a two-semester class, “Principles of Engineering and Manufacturing.” These classes articulate with California State-Fullerton for three units of college credit at a cost $15.00. Also, the University of California-Irvine accepts all of Esperanza’s CTE courses to be used for student GPA calculations for entrance. The CTE Program provides high-achieving students with hands-on experience to prepare them for challenging college engineering programs and their future careers. Higher numbers of these students have been transferring to this CTE program.
“Students need to have some hands-on skills to see the relevancy,” says Eynon. “We want to give industry students, who have mechanical background in engineering and manufacturing, practical skills — how to use the machinery, tools and some design skills.” The Esperanza Class of 2013 consists of 400 students, all of which over 92 percent are expected to enroll in a college or university upon graduation.
“The focus at Esperanza has always been on the college-bound student,” says Walters. “With the inception of the CTE Program, and our Engineering and
PRIME was developed as a response to the growing skills gap crisis in the
In a new report,
PRIME sites for 2013 include:
Orange County Department of Education OC/STEM (Alisa McCord); OCDE Media Services; OCDE STEM Grant SB 70 Governor’s Career Technical Education Initiative; Placentia/Yorba Linda Unified School District Board of Education; PYLUSD-CTE Advisory Committee and Vital Link
Barton Mines, Benner Metals, Forest Scientific (John Martincic); Haas Machine Tools; HSM Works; Omax Group; Paton Group (Frank Paxton & Chris Miller); Paxton Patterson (John Waltemeyer);
Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and SME Education Foundation.
About Esperanza High School (EHS):
Esperanza High School, Anaheim, California, is a comprehensive four-year public high school that is part of the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District. The school serves an enrollment of 1808 students of the primarily residential community in the northeast part of
About the SME Education Foundation:
The SME Education Foundation is committed to inspiring, supporting and preparing 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 $31 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 our award-winning website for young people at www.ManufacturingisCool.com, and www.CareerMe.org for information on advanced manufacturing careers.
Media Contacts: Bart A. Aslin, chief executive officer, SME Education Foundation, 313.425-3302, firstname.lastname@example.org