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Preparing the Next Generation of Manufacturing and Engineering Talent

Directly Enhancing Manufacturing and Engineering Talent Across The Country

SME PRIME® (Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education) builds cost-effective and tailored manufacturing/engineering programs in high schools across the country providing equipment, curriculum, professional development, scholarships and STEM-focused extra-curricular activities to students and teachers.  PRIME schools reach over 60 communities across 22 states where each high school is supported and informed by local manufacturers.


Preparing Manufacturing & Engineering Talent


For Schools

PRIME students and teachers receive hands-on training, tailored curriculum, professional development and support from local manufacturers in their communities.

For Donors

PRIME donors help their communities by building a pool of skilled talent who have been trained – and often certified – to fill specific roles at manufacturing companies.
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Program Offerings

All PRIME deliverables are free to the schools allowing for hands-on training in high schools across the country, supplemented with a tailored curriculum and influenced by local manufacturers in their communities.

Explore the PRIME Network

SME PRIME's growing network reaches 62 communities in 22 states across the country: There's a good chance there's one in your area. See where all of our schools are located and how your school can become involved.
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PRIME Success Stories

‘Sky’s the Limit’ for Pontiac High School Students With Help of SME PRIME

Pontiac High School (PHS) was accepted into the SME PRIME (Partnership Response in Manufacturing Education) program in 2020-21. PHS received a grant from PRIME that allowed it to create new manufacturing career pathways for students and purchase state-of-the-art equipment: a three-piece Festo MecLab, a Festo Didactic AC/DC Training System, a Verisurf part tester, a Starrett PMI kit, and a variety of hand tools from Starrett and Snap-on.

SME PRIME Program Enriches Students’ Lives at Leyden High School

A combination of administrative, school board and community support — plus designation as an SME PRIME (Partnership Response in Manufacturing Education) school — have made the manufacturing education program a success at Leyden High School District 212, located in a northwest Chicago suburb.

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Connect with the SME Education Foundation

Stay up-to-date on what's happening with the foundation, the PRIME Program, upcoming student summits, scholarship opportunities and more.

SME Education Foundation PRIME Donors

We work with leading corporations, philanthropic organizations and educational institutions to inspire, prepare and support the next generation of manufacturing and engineering talent. SME PRIME investors and partners inform purchases of modern equipment, tailored curriculum, and hands-on training for high schools across the country.