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DEARBORN, Mich., OXNARD, Calif., August 19, 2013 — The Gene Haas Foundation continued its commitment to education and training today by making a gift of $1 million for scholarships in manufacturing and machining training and education to benefit as many as 1,000 students in North America and Europe.  In a ceremony next to the Haas Technical Education Center on the Glendale (Calif.) Community College campus, Gene Haas Foundation Board Chair Bob Murray presented a check to Kathy Burnham of the SME Education Foundation, which will administer the scholarship fund.

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DEARBORN, Mich., July 15, 2013 — Promising engineering students began their summer vacations with the knowledge that the financial burden of their college tuition has been significantly reduced or eliminated thanks to scholarship funding provided by the SME Education Foundation (SME-EF). Last month, the Foundation awarded $120,000 in Family and Director Scholarships to eight students pursuing engineering careers. In addition, the 2013 SME-EF scholarship winner’s circle includes 224 students who were awarded $521,500 in scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $7,000, with some receiving multiple awards.

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DEARBORN, Mich., June 14, 2013 — Great teachers demonstrate a passion for their subject as well as a desire to positively impact the life of all students. Clement “Clem” Fucci, teacher at Westfield Vocational Technical High School in Massachusetts, is recognized for being one of those outstanding educators. Fucci was recently honored by the SME Education Foundation (SME-EF) with the Professor George Schneider Jr. Manufacturing Technology Education Faculty Award.

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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.

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DEARBORN, Mich. and PLANO, Texas, (May 8, 2013) —Today’s students are faced with a very competitive workforce, one that may require both academic proficiency and technical skills; therefore, having access to programs that utilize industry-leading technologies enables students to enhance their credentials for future opportunities. The SME Education Foundation makes it possible for academic institutions to offer their students the opportunity to use the latest state-of-the-art PLM (product lifecycle management) tools from Siemens and ultimately help fill the skill gaps in high-demand technical fields.

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DEARBORN, Mich., (April 8, 2013) — Bryce Davis, a fourth year manufacturing engineering student at Texas State University-San Marcos, who was previously announced as a nominee, has been named one of the New Faces of Engineering College Edition winners by the National Engineers Week Foundation (NEWF). Bryce is one of 15 promising engineering students recognized by NEWF’s New Faces of Engineering program. He will graduate in 2013 thanks in part to scholarship funding provided by the SME Education Foundation (SME-EF).

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DEARBORN, Mich., MARION, Ohio, (March 18, 2013) – Rescue Robots aid in relief efforts in the aftermath of earthquakes, mining accidents and other disasters when it’s too dangerous for people to enter. At the National Robotics Challenge (NRC), students as young as 11 years old can be involved in shaping this emerging technology. 

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DEARBORN, Mich., (March 4, 2013) — Mighty oaks from little acorns grow – or, great things often have small beginnings. The crumbling pipeline of technically skilled workers for advanced manufacturing is literally being re-tooled as business, industry and academia form partnerships and accelerate their collaborative efforts to provide funding, equipment, mentoring, teacher training and co-op programs. The manufacturing sector is on the upswing and public perception of manufacturing as a career is more positive as students see first-hand of what they are capable – making things.

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DEARBORN, Mich., (February 28, 2013) — Mazak Corporation, Florence, Ky., believes manufacturers have a vested interest in guiding and funding advanced manufacturing education to ensure adequate levels of skilled and educated labor necessary for keeping U.S. manufacturing strong and growing. As part of its commitment to building tomorrow’s manufacturing workforce, Mazak has provided $24,000 to the SME Education Foundation for the creation of the Mazak Manufacturing Technology Scholarship. The scholarship is for students entering or currently attending Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Cincinnati, Ohio, and who are pursuing a degree in engineering technology or mechanical engineering technology.

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DEARBORN, Mich., (February 20, 2013) — As part of the commitment to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce, National Engineers Week helps to increase understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers. Through its annual New Faces of Engineering recognition program, engineers, age 30 years and younger, are highlighted for the exciting and unique work they’re doing to impact society. Among this year’s honorees is twenty-three year old, Meredeth Griffin, Oklahoma City, Okla., nominated by the SME Education Foundation.

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