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PRIME® Manufacturing Education

SME-EF Welcomes Four New Members to the 2014 Board of Directors

Tarpon Springs PRIME school gets an early Christmas present

Manufacturing/Engineering Scholarships Available

SME-EF Scholarship Alumni Circle

Meet SME-EF’s Newest Team Members

Give the Gift of Education

PRIME® Manufacturing Education

When kids want to learn algebra, solve complex problems or create something from scratch, you know a school is doing something right. Welcome to the PRIME model schools.

PRIME (Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education) is part of a commitment by the SME Education Foundation (SME-EF) to address the shortage of manufacturing and technical talent in the United States. Model schools funded by PRIME offer a STEM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) curriculum that helps prepare young people for highly skilled, good-paying jobs in demand by today’s manufacturers.

Eleven new PRIME schools were added to the 2013-2014 school year, joining 15 other PRIME schools located throughout the country, totaling 26. For a complete list of PRIME schools visit


Nominate a High School That Has an Exemplary Manufacturing Program

The SME Education Foundation is committed to addressing the shortage of manufacturing and technical talent in the United States. Through PRIME we create and foster strong partnerships between exemplary high schools and the local manufacturers to provide a comprehensive, community-based approach to manufacturing education through job shadows, mentoring and internships. Additionally, each PRIME school receives funding to provide post-secondary scholarships, equipment upgrades, continuing education for instructors and a STEM-based camp for middle school students.

PRIME site applications will be accepted through March 8, 2014. Nominations must come from local SME chapters or companies involved with a high school offering exemplary manufacturing education. Click here for more information, nomination guidelines and application.

SME-EF Welcomes Four New Members to the 2014 Board of Directors

SME-EF announced the election of four new members to its 2014 Board of Directors. Joining the Board are Gwen Malone, GM Technical Fellow and Senior Manager of Ergonomics in the GM Global Manufacturing Engineering Division, Jennifer McNelly, President of the Manufacturing Institute, Karla Middlebrooks, a Contributing Partner at Excellence In Action (EIA) and Roy Sweatman, owner of Southern Manufacturing Technologies (SMT). More

Tarpon Springs PRIME school gets an early Christmas present

When it comes to Christmas presents, bigger isn’t always better. But for East Lake High School in Tarpon Springs, Florida, the present they recieved this past Christmas—weighing several tons—comes with distinct rewards.

SME Education Foundation got to play Santa last month, announcing East Lake High School as the recipient of machining equipment worth almost $70,000. Haas Automation will provide the school’s award-winning engineering program with a top-of-the-line, Haas TM-1P CNC vertical mill. Find out more.

Manufacturing/Engineering Scholarships Available

The SME Education Foundation is currently accepting applications for students pursuing degrees in the engineering and technology fields of study, related to manufacturing. Applicants should be graduating high school seniors, current undergraduate or graduate students who will be enrolling as full time undergraduate or graduate students at an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada for the 2014/2015 school year. Children and grandchildren of SME members are eligible for the SME Education Foundation Family Scholarship worth up to $80,000. The application deadline is February 1, 2014. Apply now!

Machining Technology Scholarships Are Abundant As Well

Gene Haas Foundation Machining Technology Scholarships are still available. The scholarships range from $1,000 to $2,500 depending on the cost of the applicant’s program. The application process is completely online and available now.

To be eligible, applicants must be pursuing an associate’s degree or technology certificate and have a high school diploma or GED certificate. Displaced workers or people training for a second career are also eligible.

Visit for more information or to apply for one of many scholarship opportunities.

Scholarship Student Spotlight

Sandra Rhee

photo Sandra Rhee

Sandra’s interest in engineering began when the government put a foreclosure notice on the door of her home. The reality of financial struggles led young Sandra to seek a stable future as an engineer: however, her pursuit of a technical education eventually became, in her words, “the highlight of each day.”

Sandra quickly found joy in “transforming raw materials into functional parts.” She founded the Engineering and Manufacturing Club at PRIME school Esperanza High in Anaheim and, with her other club members, began more ambitious group projects like designing and building a race car for the UCI Energy Invitational. Sandra has received numerous awards and honors for school and extracurricular work and is looking forward to applying her scholarship toward a four-year degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering. With a technical education and a little help from the SME Education Foundation, Sandra is transforming her own future.

Sandra received a PRIME High School Scholarship in the amount of $7,000.

SME-EF Scholarship Alumni Circle

Did the SME Education Foundation help you attend college or trade school? We want to hear from you! You are an important part of this organization and sharing your story goes a long way to support students and future scholarship recipients who are interested in advanced manufacturing engineering. Learn more.

Meet SME-EF’s Newest Team Members

In June 2013, SME launched our new brand which has a broader reach than in the past and is more inclusive of the entire manufacturing community. The Foundation took advantage of the new brand launch to create our own strategic plan to provide a roadmap for staff and volunteers to use for the next five years. In response to these new opportunities, the SME EF team is growing and changing. Learn more.

photo Pam Hurt

Pam Hurt has been with SME for seven years, the last three as Industry Manager of Workforce Development. She will now also serve as the Senior Manager for the SME Education Foundation. This dual role allows for maximum alignment of programs that Inspire, Prepare and Support the future and current manufacturing workforce. Managing SME’s role as a leader in a variety of relevant programs, Pam works to create, link and leverage programs and initiatives to impact the way incoming and incumbent workers are educated and trained. Working closely with educators, companies and industry organizations, Pam is committed to advancing the 21st century manufacturing workforce. Learn more about Pam.

photo Josh Cramer

SME recently welcomed Josh Cramer to the team as its Senior Educational Programs Officer for the SME Education Foundation. As a former educator and Director of School Engagement with Project Lead The Way, Josh brings a wealth of knowledge and information from a classroom and industry perspective. His experience will be a key component in the Foundation’s ability to establish more PRIME schools and youth programs that introduce students to careers in the high-tech manufacturing sector. Learn more about Josh.

Give the Gift of Education

As the efforts of SME Education Foundation and its loyal contributors expand, so do the horizons of the next generation of engineering and manufacturing leaders. We appreciate and sincerely need your ongoing generosity. It is the rare gift that will give back for years to come! Of course no donation is too large and none too small. Here’s an example of what your contributions can provide:

$25 - Pays for a student to be introduced to relevant technologies and career paths in manufacturing through an SME membership.

$100 - Three days at a SME-EF summer camp for students to apply STEM skills to making something tangible.

$250 - One semester of books and material for a scholarship recipient.

$500 - A plant tour and field trip for 30 students as part of our PRIME program.

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