Skip to content
SME Education Foundation About Blog SME PRIME Schools look to expand in Macomb County, Michigan

Blog

SME PRIME looks to expand in Macomb County, Michigan

SME-EF Center Line Convening - Mark Hackel Speaking-1 2-2019.jpgMacomb County, Michigan, earned the distinction of creating the newest manufacturing jobs in the nation in a recent U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics report. There are employment opportunities, but a lack of skilled labor often prevents filling those positions. The SME PRIME school initiative addresses that skills gap by developing the workforce through needs-based hands-on learning and fostering a partnership between manufacturers and high schools.

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. SME PRIME Schools advance manufacturing education by supporting students with advanced manufacturing equipment, relevant training and curriculum. Each SME PRIME School works to address specific local workforce needs, which are informed by local manufacturers.    

SME-EF Center Line Convening - Rob Luce Speaking-1 2-2019.jpgStudents enrolled in SME PRIME School programs across the nation follow manufacturing career pathways to employment opportunities or higher educational opportunities at a post-secondary institution. Robotics and welding were identified as two career pathways in need of qualified applicants within Macomb County; additional pathways will be discovered as the program continues to take shape and more manufacturers join the initiative and additional needs-assessments have been performed.

Manufacturing companies take notice: If your talent acquisition is affected by the skills gap, let us know. 

Learn more about SME PRIME

Preparing The Next Manufacturing Workforce

SME PRIME (Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education) directly enhances manufacturing and engineering talent by forming partnerships with industry that inform and provide modern equipment, a tailored curriculum and hands-on training for high school students across the country.