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SME Outlines initiatives after 2013 State of Union address.
Press Release Summary:
Feb 20, 2013 - Doing more than discussing need for skilled manufacturing employees, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is acting on several initiatives: reducing skilled labor shortage, educating tomorrow's workforce via programs at educational facilities, and on-site training for workers to acquire new skills. Also, SME's Educational Foundation (SME-EF) provides guidance and funding to high schools considered exemplary for manufacturing education they offer.
Original Press Release
2013 State of Manufacturing in the U.S.
Press release date: Feb 13, 2013
SME's many initiatives include:
Reducing skilled labor shortage
Educating tomorrow's workforce via numerous programs at educational facilities
On-site training for workers to acquire new skills
SME's Educational Foundation (SME-EF) Provides guidance and funding to high schools considered exemplary for the manufacturing education they offer.
http://www.smeef.org/ The Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education (PRIME) has recognized the following schools:
Calera High School, Calera, AL
Hawthorne High School – Los Angeles, CA
Esperanza High School, Anaheim, CA
Petaluma High School, Petaluma, CA
Wheeling High School - Chicago, IL
McKenzie Center for Innovation and Technology, Indianapolis, IN
Some of SME's other initiatives include:
• SME helped to develop the competency model for the Labor Dept. and high schools, community colleges and universities.
• SME works with the following governmental agencies to help elevate their understanding of today's and the future of manufacturing and jobs training for Departments of Commerce, Defense, Energy, Environmental Protection & Labor. SME also assists Veteran's groups with training for careers in manufacturing.
• SME recently produced a white paper, "Workforce Imperative: A Manufacturing Education Strategy." Which outlines how America moves forward to educate our workforce of the future and keep manufacturing a strong component for our economy.
• Tooling U – SME Professional Development
• Tooling U- SME training solutions address manufacturers’ pressing workforce challenges with industry-driven content that aligns to manufacturing job roles
• Tooling U-SME provides integrated, results-oriented training programs to industry, education and government institutions that strategically align to organizational goals:
• More than 50% of Fortune 500 manufacturing companies are Tooling U-SME customers
• Over 500 community colleges, high schools and middle schools are Tooling U-SME customers