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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 nearly 100 communities across dozens of states where each high school is supported and informed by local manufacturers.


Preparing the Next Generation Workforce

The growing SME PRIME school network delivers a unique hands-on training experience that prepares 89% of SME PRIME school graduates to enter the manufacturing workforce, or pursue a postsecondary education in engineering or manufacturing disciplines. Learn how SME PRIME is preparing the next generation workforce in nearly 100 communities across dozens of states.

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.

PRIME Core Pathways

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Additive Manufacturing

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Metrology & Quality

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Computer-Aided Design & Manufacturing


PRIME Elective Pathways

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Industrial Maintenance

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Machining & Fabrication

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Mechatronics & Robotics

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Recent PRIME Stories

By providing an extensive package of manufacturing- and engineering-related educational resources, the SME PRIME (Partnership Response in Manufacturing Education) program has enabled Troy High School to bring a near-decade-long conversation about expanding the school’s career and technical education (CTE) offerings to fruition this year.

Edwardsburg PRIME high school students learn manufacturing skills

Filling manufacturing jobs is a growing challenge across the country. Nearly 2.5 million manufacturing jobs will go unfilled in the United States by 2030. Launched in May 2023, the Edwardsburg PRIME program is an important step to help strengthen the Southwest Michigan labor force and fill future manufacturing positions.

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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.