Pratt & Whitney, Allendale Machinery Systems/Haas Factory Outlet, and Lloyd’z Motor Workz have partnered with the SME Education Foundation to make available education opportunities for students of Pine Bush High School in Pine Bush, New York, in a collaboration formed through the Foundation’s PRIME (Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education) schools initiative.
“The launch of this partnership marks our continued commitment to preparing students for future opportunity in manufacturing,” said Aaron Hopmayer, principal of Pine Bush High School. “The support we’ve received from our business community and local leaders has been phenomenal, and we’re encouraged by this partnership to help our talented students thrive.”
SME PRIME schools directly address the manufacturing and engineering talent shortage by partnering with industry to inform and provide modern equipment, tailored curriculum and hands-on training to high schools across the country. The national program provides students with practical experience, knowledge and skills using state-of-the-art technology and equipment, while allowing companies to support the career direction of young people.
“SME PRIME schools are central to our commitment to inspiring, preparing and supporting young people,” said Rob Luce, SME Education Foundation vice president. “We’re proud to now include Pine Bush High School students in the SME PRIME schools initiative as we continue to expand the program across the country.”
Since 2011, SME PRIME schools have served nearly 100,000 students in 60 communities across the country. 84% of graduating SME PRIME students intend to pursue careers in manufacturing, and 60% of those students planned to pursue postsecondary education in a field directly related to manufacturing.
The announcement of the Pine Bush High School SME PRIME initiative will be celebrated during an event at Pine Bush High School on Wednesday, March 11. Representatives of the SME Education Foundation, the school, investors, and state and local officials are slated to attend.