Diversity in Action magazine featured the SME Education Foundation’s efforts to reach more students from underrepresented groups and provide them with opportunities to pursue careers in the manufacturing industry.
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Kouts High School from a small, close-knit community near Valparaiso, Indiana, came out ahead and won the manufacturing competition at the 2019 FABTECH Student Summit. The SME Education Foundation Student Summit event series is one solution that through student-centric programming, effectively addresses the misperception often held by young people that manufacturing is dull, dirty and dying.
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The 2020 SME Education Foundation Board of Directors have taken office. The governing body of the Foundation, the board is comprised of leaders from industry and academia.
Hollenstein Career and Technology Center prepares high school students for careers in manufacturing by training students in mechatronics, CNC, 3D printing and robotics. The school has gained notoriety for its prowess in SkillsUSA competitions and its recognition as the only SME PRIME school in Texas.
Students from Kouts High School explored career opportunities within the skilled trades at FABTECH. The students left the conference and event with a deeper understanding of manufacturing and how it all comes together at the end.
Indiana County Technology Center SME PRIME students enrolled in the machining technology program learn important skills like blueprint reading, applied mathematics, safety procedures, and manual skills on milling machines, lathes, surface grinders, benches, grinders and drill presses to be better prepared to enter the workforce.
The application process for SME Education Foundation Scholarships remains open through Feb. 1, 2020.
Produced by SME Education Foundation partner, Ten80 Education, the competition engages students in three different disciplines: Design, Fabrication and Prototype, and Testing.
Roush Industries is making a difference by investing in the SME PRIME schools initiative to prepare Starkweather Academy students for opportunities as machinists, welders and fabricators. The company helps to inform and provide modern equipment, tailored curriculum and hands-on training for the school in Plymouth, Michigan.