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Who We Are

The SME Education Foundation works to inspire, prepare and support an advanced manufacturing workforce through education. Through building awareness of opportunity, enhancing academic opportunity and directly helping students at every level, the SME Education Foundation works to offer students a path to explore, learn and grow in fields associated with manufacturing.

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SME, with its more than 86 years of experience and expertise in events, publications, membership, and training and development, is, together with the SME Education Foundation, committed to promoting manufacturing technology, developing a skilled workforce and attracting future generations to advance manufacturing...and we’d like to help with your story.

Get Started with SME PRIME

The SME PRIME initiative’s success in inspiring and preparing high school students for skilled careers in manufacturing is the result of its consultative model of engaging with local manufacturers, schools and their communities to tailor and create relevant training and development for current and future workforce needs.

Ways To Get Involved

The SME Education Foundation inspires, prepares and supports manufacturing career opportunities for students at every level.

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Learn how the SME Education Foundation advances manufacturing education through our Student Summit event series, SME PRIME initiative and Student Scholarship program.

PRIME Success Stories

High school students at SME PRIME schools across the country receive hands-on training on modern equipment, and learn about technology and processes through industry-informed curriculum that is tailored to meet the. Read our PRIME Success Stories to learn more about the unique experiences and opportunities available at schools in our network. 

SME PRIME Program + Pine Bush High School = Opportunities in the Time of COVID-19

Pine Bush High School experienced "the highest of highs" after launching their SME PRIME Program. A day later, the school shut down due to the COVID pandemic. The school is making the most of opportunity and using their manufacturing equipment to produce face shields for frontline workers while also continuing to educate students through online courses.

SME PRIME: Anna High School Teams with Honda to Provide Manufacturing Education

The SME PRIME program at Anna High School prepares students for roles at manufacturing partner Honda of America Manufacturing with online learning manufacturing education courses like basic safety, measurement, robotics and quality control. The online learning is supplemented with hands-on training on precision measurement instruments and a FANUC robotic arm.