Rob Luce, vice president of the SME Education Foundation, was featured in a Quality Magazine article about the COVID-19 virus disrupting businesses worldwide and how training employees presents new challenges. Luce weighed in on the struggle within industry to find talent with soft skills such as critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.
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Rachel Linder, recipient of a 2019 SME Education Foundation Family Scholarship, found that engineering was an educational path to pursue when she realized that it combined her strengths and interests. Now a student at the University of Louisville studying mechanical engineering, Rachel credits support and encouragement from her parents and engaging teachers for her preparation.
The SME Education Foundation annually awards millions of dollars in scholarships to graduating SME Student Members who are graduating high school seniors, undergraduates and graduate students pursuing two-year, four-year or advanced degrees in manufacturing or engineering.
PRIME donors receive a pool of skilled talent who have been trained – and often certified – to fill specific roles at their respective manufacturing companies, providing the investors with a direct return on their investment.
Students that attend SME Education Foundation Student Summits at SME events see the high-tech nature of modern manufacturing and the latest technologies from leading manufacturing companies on display on the show-floor.
Student Summits are hosted alongside SME Events, which are the one-stop-shop for everything about manufacturing. Learn about some of the industry experts who have spoken at past student summits, encouraging students to pursue careers in manufacturing.