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2019 World Manufacturing Forum Report features SME Education Foundation Case Study

The case study titled “Manufacturing and Mature Economies: A Model for Workforce Solutions” focuses on the manufacturing skills gap facing developed nations like the United States and the increasing shortage of qualified, skilled and motivated workers threatening the industry at-large.
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WESTEC 2019: Connect. Learn. Advance.

The WESTEC 2019 Student Summit hosted over 200 high school students and introduced them to the high tech and exciting career available in the modern manufacturing industry through hands-on challenges and competitions, guided event show-floor tours and technology demonstrations, and inspirational industry guest speakers.

Scholarship Opportunities

The SME Education Foundation annually awards $2 million in scholarships to high school seniors, undergraduates and post-graduate students.

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.
Columbia High School

PRIME Partnership Benefits Central Columbia Students

SME PRIME prepares Central Columbia High School students with tailored curriculum and hands-on training informed by private industry for high-tech careers in advanced manufacturing.
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Upcoming Student Summits

Our Students Summits feature hands-on challenges, engagement with manufacturing companies and demonstrations of their technology at SME conferences and events.
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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.

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.

Scholarship Applications Open Soon

The SME Education Foundation offers students a powerful reason to choose a manufacturing focused, STEM-based education. Whether you’re attending a post-secondary technical school, community college, or university, our scholarships support young people exploring advanced manufacturing career pathways. Applications open next month. Register now to be notified when they do.