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Advancing Manufacturing Education

Join the conversation and learn how the SME Education Foundation advances manufacturing education through Scholarships, SME PRIME and Student Summits.

Read news, updates and information about the SME Education Foundation’s Scholarships, SME PRIME Schools Initiative, and Student Summits.

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Degrees Not Required for Manufacturing Success

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

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.

SME PRIME looks to expand in Macomb County, Michigan

Business and industry representatives gathered at Center Line High School to hear from Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, Center Line Public Schools Superintendent Eve Kaltz, Michigan Manufacturers Association Vice President of Government Affairs Mike Johnston and Rob Luce, vice president of the SME Education Foundation.