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Supporting a Growing Tradition: Building the Manufacturing Workforce Through SkillsUSA

Author: Sandy Wilton, Manager, Student Engagement

The SME Education Foundation supports the Additive Manufacturing Competition and Tooling U-SME’s Additive Manufacturing Fundamentals Certification exam at the annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky by providing scholarships to the high school winners of the contest.

PRIME Highlight

The Four Cities Compact: Schools Collaborate to Provide Opportunity – Part 2

Author: SME Education Foundation

In part 2 of our series on the SME PRIME program at The Four Cities Compact schools in Ohio you’ll read more about the passionate instructors and the energetic young minds charting their career path in the manufacturing and engineering industries.

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Manufacturing Careers: Unmasking the Misperceptions

Author: Rob Luce, Vice President, SME Education Foundation

Manufacturing is not dirty. Manufacturing is high-tech. Manufacturing pays wells and leads to prosperous careers. Manufacturing is thriving in the United States. How can we change misperceptions about manufacturing? We can counter each statement with facts.

Student Summit

RAPID + TCT 2019: Next-gen technology and talent merge

Author: Sandy Wilton, Manager, Student Engagement

Six high schools from the metro Detroit area brought 174 enthusiastic young minds to RAPID + TCT May 20-23 at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan where the entire additive manufacturing community convened and where industry-accelerating products were launched.

Student Summit

EASTEC 2019: Inspiring the next-gen workforce

Author: Sandy Wilton, Manager, Student Engagement

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.

PRIME Highlight

Ford Next Generation Learning and SME PRIME: Synergy and Connection

Author: SME Education Foundation

Ford NGL partnered with the SME Education Foundation through a Ford Motor Company Fund investment to develop an SME PRIME (Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education) curriculum at Romeo High School in Romeo, Michigan.

PRIME Highlight

The Four Cities Compact: Schools Collaborate to Provide Opportunity – Part 1

Author: SME Education Foundation

The SME PRIME schools (Barberton High School, Copley High School, Norton High School and Wadsworth High School) provide high school students with access to relevant curricula, modern equipment and qualified, engaged instructors to inspire and prepare them for pursuit of career opportunities within manufacturing.

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Degrees Not Required for Manufacturing Success

Author: Rob Luce, Vice President, SME Education Foundation

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 millions jobs in the United States that pay an average of $55,000 per year and don’t require a bachelor’s degree.