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Program Offerings

All deliverables are free to schools and are informed by local manufacturers.

Customized Program Offerings

SME PRIME is dependent upon partnering with private industry to build custom manufacturing programs inside of high schools across the country, educating students in seven distinct advanced manufacturing pathways.

Additive manufacturing
Industrial maintenance
Machining and fabrication

SME PRIME schools are provided with key resources that are essential for program success, all at no cost.

Top PRIME Deliverables

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Equipment and Supplies

SME PRIME schools are gifted new, high-tech and industrial-grade equipment at no cost.
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Curriculum and Certification

SME PRIME curriculum is the foundation of the program, serving as a strategic roadmap for teachers to execute in-classroom instruction.
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Teacher Training

PRIME teachers receive training from partners like NC3’s PMI program, FANUC Robotics training program and FESTO Mechatronics training program.

Extracurricular Activities

PRIME schools can provide students with activities like after school clubs, summer camps, field trips to visit local manufacturing facilities and the chance to attend SME Education Foundation Student Summits.
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Student Scholarships

Students who wish to pursue a post-secondary education in manufacturing or engineering can apply for a scholarship.
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Sustainability Funding

Fully developed SME PRIME schools receive annual funding to ensure they have the resources they need to sustain and grow their respective SME PRIME programs.


SME PRIME program development is coordinated and administered by Foundation staff, many of whom are former educators, who work with school leaders and community manufacturers to assess local workforce needs, identify applicable advanced manufacturing pathways, construct the plan of curriculum, and deliver program resources. The SME PRIME program management team enables SME PRIME teachers to focus on what they do best – TEACH. This makes the program a turn-key solution for schools that desire to develop a local manufacturing talent pipeline.


SME PRIME programs can be funded by:

  • Local manufacturers
  • Public sector dollars
  • Schools (self-funded)

In the case of local manufacturers and public sector dollars, the cost is absorbed by the SME Education Foundation through fundraising efforts.