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SME Education Foundation Makes Efforts to Increase Diversity Among Manufacturing Talent

Diversity in Action magazine featured the SME Education Foundation’s efforts to reach more students from underrepresented groups and provide them with opportunities to pursue careers in the manufacturing industry. One way that the Foundation influences more diverse students to consider manufacturing as a career choice is through scholarships.
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Students Win Manufacturing Competition with Teamwork and Collaboration

The 2019 WESTEC Student Summit Racing Challenge winning team from Sato Academy of Mathematics and Science in Long Beach, California used important skills like teamwork and collaboration that they acquired from their classroom training to blow away the manufacturing competition and secure the victory.

SME Scholarship Paves Way for Successful Manufacturing Careers

Greg Smith earned the 2019 SME Directors Scholarship based on accomplishments that included decades of welding experience and a solid skillset build around his passion for engineering. Today, Greg is on pace for graduating from Utah’s Weber State University in December 2019 and beginning his career at the Ogden, Utah division of Barnes Aerospace as a Special Process Engineer.

Four-year Degrees Not Required for Manufacturing Success

A decades-long national bias against vocational careers continues to inform high school graduates that four-year college degrees are the only option for achieving success. Government data tells us otherwise. There are millions of jobs in the United States that pay an average of $55,000 per year and don’t require a bachelor’s degree.
Grand Haven Students

Grand Haven Pre-Engineering Students Dive into Robotics with SME PRIME

The pre-engineering students at Grand Haven High School get a wealth of experience from the SME PRIME program through technical training and tailored curriculum informed by local manufacturing partner Shape Corp.
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E. Wayne Kay Scholarship Opens Door to Student Success

Julian Rogers earned a 2014 E. Wayne Kay Scholarship with his determination and drive to pursue a Mechanical Engineering degree. Today, he’s applying his engineering skills to his work with drone company Insitute.
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Shape Corp. Inspires, Engages, Mentors Grand Haven High School Students

Grand Haven High School’s manufacturing education program includes multiple career pathways, each made possible through input, engagement and investment from local manufacturing partner, Shape Corp.

PRIME Highlights

SME PRIME directly addresses manufacturing and engineering talent shortages by working with industry to develop tailored curriculum, procure equipment and provide hands-on training in high schools across the country. Learn more in our featured articles showcasing SME PRIME schools and the support they receive from local manufacturing investors.