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July 26, 2012 - SME Education Foundation supports Manufacturing Day (October 5, 2012) efforts to rally manufacturing community. Open houses, public tours, career workshops, and other events aim to introduce people to manufacturing's clean and lean facilities and employees therein. Educators and parents with children to visit local employers with children to get them excited about career opportunities available for those who have STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) skills.

SME Education Foundation Supports Inaugural Manufacturing Day, October 5, 2012, to Highlight Opportunities for Rewarding, High-Skill Careers


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Press release date: July 23, 2012

Dearborn, Mich. - The SME Education Foundation announced its support of Manufacturing Day, a national grassroots movement created to shine a bright and flattering light on manufacturing, set for October 5, 2012. The effort is sponsored by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) and the U.S. Commerce Department's Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).

The goal of the sponsors is to rally the manufacturing community to host open houses, public tours, career workshops and other events to introduce as many people as possible to the new manufacturing reality: clean and lean facilities with highly-skilled employees implementing advanced technologies and processes.

The Foundation sees this is an opportunity for educators and parents to visit local employers with children, particularly those in middle school, to get them excited about the career opportunities available for those who have critically important STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills.

Studies by the nonprofit Manufacturing Institute and others show that almost 80 percent of Americans believe manufacturing is important to our economic prosperity, standard of living and national security. Yet only 30 percent would encourage their children to go into manufacturing as a career. The hope is that by providing media, educators, parents and kids with an inside look at the high-tech world of manufacturing that percentage will begin to grow.

With the gap growing each year between the skills students learn in school and those they will need on the job, it is increasingly difficult for manufacturers to find and hire qualified employees. By promoting Manufacturing Day, manufacturing associations and other organizations led by NIST MEP centers and the FMA said they want to remove some of the myths surrounding manufacturing. For example, manufacturing is a solid, long-term career choice for qualified candidates-including the young people who will form the workforce of tomorrow.

"The goal of Manufacturing Day is directly in line with our mission to inspire the nation's youth to pursue education and careers in manufacturing-related fields. We are eager to lend our support to get the word out, and feel that with enough involvement from the manufacturing community, the impact could be significant," said Bart A. Aslin, CEO, SME Education Foundation. "You can talk to people all you want to try to change perceptions and stress the importance of a qualified future workforce, but seeing is believing. There is really no better way to get the message across than first-hand exposure."

The SME Education Foundation plans to promote Manufacturing Day through its industry partners including academia, business and industry including SME Chapters and Student Chapters. PRIME (Partnership Response in Manufacturing Education) launched last year by the Foundation, is an inter-connected grid of community-based manufacturers, schools, small businesses and local Chambers of Commerce which will influence the grass roots participation for this event.

To learn more about Manufacturing Day, log on to www.mfgday.com or call 888.394.4362. Organizations that wish to become involved as official sponsors of this program should call 888.394.4362 or email info@mfgday.com.

About SME Education Foundation: The SME Education Foundation is committed to inspiring, preparing and supporting the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists for the advancement of manufacturing education. Created by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 1979, the SME Education Foundation has provided more than $31 million since 1980 in grants, scholarships and awards through its partnerships with corporations, organizations, foundations, and individual donors. Visit www.smeef.org. Also visit www.CareerMe.org for information on advanced manufacturing careers and www.ManufacturingisCool.com, our award-winning Web site for young people.
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