Nearly 17,000 Michigan high school students will receive a manufacturing and engineering training opportunity through the SME Education Foundation


SOUTHFIELD, Mich., February 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Students in communities all over Michigan, from the Upper Peninsula to metropolitan areas, will have access to new career and technical education opportunities through the Michigan-based SME Education Foundation.

Logo of the SME Foundation for Education

The PME Education Foundation received $6 million of the state of Michigan as part of the 2021 education budget to expand the SME PRIME initiative statewide. The award increases the number of schools participating in the unique SME PRIME initiative focused on the partnership between makers and educators by 16 – there are already 17 SME PRIME schools in Michigan.

Supported and informed by private industry, SME PRIME (Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education) develops cost-effective, tailored manufacturing/engineering programs in high schools across the country, providing students with equipment, curricula, professional development, scholarships, and STEM-focused extracurricular activities. and teachers.

“Bringing cutting-edge STEM programming to Michigan students and the professional development of our teachers is a win-win situation for our schools and our future leaders,” said the Michigan State Senator. jim stamas (Midland), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, who was instrumental in gaining legislative support. “The SME PRIME model offers students a clear path to finding successful careers right here in Michigan.”

The 2021 SME PRIME Results Report indicates that 89% of SME PRIME seniors nationwide pursued a career or education in manufacturing or engineering after graduation.

Michigan Senator wayne schmidt (cross the city), chair of the K-12 Credits Subcommittee and the Michigan Department of Education, who was also instrumental in securing support, said “Michigan is a world leader in manufacturing and has been for over 100 years. This is our legacy and our future: we must provide education and training opportunities to students, communities and makers across the state. »

SME PRIME schools implement career paths that provide solid, practical education that aligns with industry needs and industry-recognized certifications. There are nearly 500,000 unfilled manufacturing positions in the United States. This shortage will reach 2.1 million unfilled jobs by 2030. SME PRIME career paths address this critical shortage by teaching in-demand skills and knowledge in the fields of additive manufacturing, assisted design/manufacturing by computer, industrial maintenance, machining and manufacturing, mechatronics. /robotics, metrology (precise measurement) and quality, and welding.

“Coordinated by our team of highly qualified education program managers, SME PRIME schools are a model; a unique approach to STEM education and career readiness implemented by dozens of schools across the country,” said the vice president of the SME Education Foundation. Rob Luce.

Representing Joe Tate (Michigan 2n/a Neighborhood House: Detroit; Big Point), vice chair of the Michigan House Appropriations Committee and key to legislative support for appropriation, said “STEM skills and education are critical to sustaining Michigan manufacturing leadership. We recognized the value of the Foundation’s unique approach to creating a prepared workforce – and the value of this education for our communities and our youth. »

The Foundation is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and to providing economic advancement opportunities for underrepresented and/or economically disadvantaged populations: 63% of schools are designated as Title 1 schools. of the 16,708 students with access to new SME PRIME school opportunities, 45% are eligible for free and discounted lunch, and 38% of students reflect populations historically underrepresented in manufacturing.

Through a partnership with the Michigan Manufacturers Associationthe presence of SME PRIME schools has almost doubled since the beginning of 2019, going from 47 schools to 81, of which 33 will be in Michigan. Communities in 22 states are now home to SME PRIME. Michigan schools that will begin to expand this year include:

  • Airport Community Schools, Carlton

  • alpena high school, Alpena

  • Bay City Western High School, bay town

  • Cheboygan High School, Cheboygan

  • East Jackson High Schooljackson

  • Ecorse Community High School, Bark

  • Edwardsburg High School, Edwardsburg

  • Genesee Career Institute, Flint

  • Hancock High School, Hancock

  • Central Innovation High School, Great Rapids

  • William D. Ford Quarry Technical Center, Westland

  • Rudyard High SchoolRudyard

  • Southfield Arts and Technology Secondary School, Southfield

  • Three Rivers Secondary School, Three Rivers

  • Trojan High SchoolTroy

  • Ottawa West High School, Holland

“This significant expansion of the SME PRIME school initiative benefits students and Michigan manufacturers who need skilled and prepared employees,” said mike johnson, MMA’s vice president of government affairs. “Michigan manufacturers need ambitious, creative and prepared young people ready to find their bright future in advanced manufacturing. We are proud to stand up for our manufacturing partners and Michigan students.”

The Foundation will work with the mma solicit feedback from manufacturers in the region to inform the development program. The MMA, which represents traditional and advanced manufacturing businesses statewide, has been a partner in the development of the Michigan SME PRIME schools and critically important in supporting the efforts of an industry facing a talent pool. limited and to misperceptions about work environments and opportunities for young people.

About the SME Foundation for Education
The SME Education Foundation inspires, prepares and supports the next generation of manufacturing and engineering talent. Since its organization by SME in 1979, the SME Education Foundation has worked to bring together students, educators, industry and communities through its SME PRIME program; awards annual scholarships to students and organizes the Student Summit series of events held at SME events in North America. Visit the SME Education Foundation on smeeducationfoundation.org. To follow @mfgeducation on Twitter or on facebook.com/SME.Education.Foundation.

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