The WESTEC 2019 Student Summit will host over 200 high school students and introduce 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.
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SME PRIME students at Hawthorne High School near Los Angeles, CA recently graduated from South Bay Workforce Investment Board’s (SBWIB) Aero-Flex Pre-Apprenticeship program. The 23 students from the schools manufacturing and engineering program will leave high school better prepared to directly enter the workforce upon graduation.
Automation and artificial intelligence (AI) continue to transform the nature of manufacturing and engineering work. While low-skill, lower-wage jobs could be phased out, newer technologies will create new high-skill, higher-wage jobs.
Romeo High School students gain practical experience, knowledge and skills using modern technology and equipment through SME PRIME and its partners Ford Motor Company Fund and Ford Next Generation Learning.
Greg Smith earned the 2019 SME Directors Scholarship based on accomplishments that included decades of welding experience and a solid skill set build around his passion for engineering. Today, Greg is on pace for graduating from Utah’s Weber State University in December 2019 and beginning his career at the Ogden, Utah division of Barnes Aerospace as a Special Process Engineer.
LINK Engineering is a key investor in the SME PRIME school program at Starkweather Academy, part of Plymouth-Canton Community Schools in Michigan.
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 Insitu.
An SME PRIME school investor, the Honda of America Manufacturing operation in Anna, Ohio (producing engines since 1985), works with nearby Anna High School in a partnership forged through the SME Education Foundation.
The career and technical education opportunities at Cazenovia High School are both forward-thinking and very current. The foundations are built early on as even elementary school-age students take part in summer camps and introductory technology programs at the school.
This is the second in a series of two blogs focused on manufacturing misperceptions, Industry 4.0 and the next generation of manufacturers.