The SME Education Foundation works to inspire, prepare and support an advanced manufacturing workforce through education. Through building awareness of opportunity, enhancing academic opportunity and directly helping students at every level, the SME Education Foundation works to offer students a path to explore, learn and grow in fields associated with manufacturing.

Beyond the Boomers

SME PRIME: Working Towards Replacing an Aging Workforce


The SME PRIME program seeks to inspire high school students through an engaging curriculum based in STEM education with a manufacturing foundation centered around different roles that prepares them for careers in quality, precision measurement, inspection, industrial robotics and more. Our partnership with Grand Haven, Michigan-based manufacturer, Shape Corp and Grand Haven High School is one example where we approach the skills gap issue through an education engagement designed to support students with skills related to manufacturing careers and the opportunity to earn certifications while training on industry-relevant equipment.