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PRIME Highlight

Manufacturing and Mature Economies: A Model for Workforce Solutions

The SME Education Foundation's case study titled “Manufacturing and Mature Economies: A Model for Workforce Solutions” by Rob Luce, Vice President of the SME Education Foundation, was recently included within the 2019 World Manufacturing Forum Report series.

PRIME Highlight

PRIME Partnership Benefits Central Columbia Students

SME PRIME prepares Central Columbia High School students with tailored curriculum and hands-on training informed by private industry for high-tech careers in advanced manufacturing.

Student Summits

WESTEC 2019: Connect. Learn. Advance.

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.

Blog Post

Hawthorne High School: SME PRIME Students Graduate from Pre-Apprenticeship Program

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.

Blog Post

Automation Technology Provides Opportunity for Manufacturing Engineers

Author: Rob Luce, Vice President, SME Education Foundation

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.

PRIME Highlight

Romeo High School: Partnerships and Progress

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.


SME Scholarship Paves Way for Successful Manufacturing Careers

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.


E. Wayne Kay Scholarship Opens Door to Student Success

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.

PRIME Highlight

Industry Leader Honda Partners to Prepare

Author: SME Education Foundation

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.