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The SME Education Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the next generation of manufacturing and engineering talent. Working closely with SME, academia, and industry, we build awareness of opportunity and provide solutions to develop, build and strengthen the workforce.
SME Education Foundation News
SME Education Foundation featured in The New York Times
The SME Education Foundation was recently highlighted in an extended feature in The New York Times on preparing high school students for careers in robotics within the manufacturing industry.
Our Work In Action
HOUSTEX 2019: Showcasing Advanced Technologies and Processes to the Next Generation
The Student Summit Event Series at HOUSTEX 2019 was a success with 216 high school students attending the one-day event. Students participated in hands-on challenges and learned about manufacturing career pathways during tours of industry, and collegiate exhibits.
Skilled Trades: Enhancing the Talent Pipeline with SME PRIME
Perception issues cause plentiful, high-paying jobs — including manufacturing jobs — that require shorter, less-expensive training, to remain unfilled. Programs like SME PRIME (Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education) aim to address skilled trade shortages by offering tailored curriculum and hands-on training with modern equipment.
EASTEC 2019: Inspiring the Next-Gen Workforce
170 high school students from 11 schools descended upon the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts from May 14-16 eager to explore and discover manufacturing career opportunities at the SME Education Foundation’s Student Summit event series at EASTEC.
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.