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Inspiring and Preparing the Next Generation

Preparing High School Students to Enter the Next-Generation Manufacturing Workforce

The SME PRIME® (Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education) initiative focuses on closing the skills gap by establishing current, relevant and applicable manufacturing education in high schools. We work with industry to tailor technological and manufacturing curricula to prepare high school students to follow skilled career pathways.

The benefit students receive from our SME PRIME program include knowledge, technical skills and the opportunity to earn credentials while learning in a hands-on environment, preparing them for career pathways like CNC machining, welding, mechatronics, industrial maintenance, metrology and more.

Getting Started with SME PRIME

What is a PRIME School?

What is an SME PRIME School?

Advanced manufacturing is high-tech, innovative and dynamic. We work to address perceptions of manufacturing and to inspire students to pursue paths in new, innovative, manufacturing careers. SME PRIME students also learn critical soft skills such as communications, problem-solving and teamwork.
How Companies Can Get Involved

How Companies Can Get Involved

SME PRIME gives your enterprise a direct connection to a generation of qualified and able employees. You can assist, support and influence the development of a trained future workforce tailored to meet your business growth needs.
Working with Educators to Establish PRIME Schools

Working with Educators to Establish SME PRIME Schools

Qualified, committed educators are critical to successful inspiration and preparation of high school students for skilled career opportunities in manufacturing. Educators are key in the SME PRIME consultative model of training and development for current and future advanced manufacturing workforce demands.

SME PRIME Schools Are Everywhere!

SME PRIME's growing network reaches now 46 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.

PRIME Is Out Of This World!

SME PRIME partnered with NASA HUNCH in 2017, giving students the opportunity to build hardware for astronaut flight training and work on real-world design solutions to improve the quality of life aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Learn more about this unique partnership and how you can become involved.