An Effort to Build a Better Manufacturing Tomorrow

The human arsenal might be expansive beyond all known limits, but it still hasn’t had the chance to enjoy anything more valuable than that tendency of improving on a consistent basis. We say this because the stated tendency has got us to hit upon some huge milestones, with technology appearing as a rather unique member of the group. The reason why technology’s credentials are so anomalous is largely based on its skill-set, which was unprecedented enough to guide us towards a reality that nobody could have ever imagined otherwise. Nevertheless, a closer look should be able to reveal how the whole runner was also very much inspired by the way we applied those skills across a real world environment. The latter component was, in fact, what gave the creation a spectrum-wide presence and made it the ultimate centrepiece of every horizon. Now, having such a tool run the show did scale up the human experience from various different directions, but even after reaching so far ahead, this prodigious concept called technology will somehow keep on delivering the goods. The same, if anything, has grown to become a lot more evident over the recent past, and assuming a newly-launched program does go on to make the desired impact, it will only propel that trend to far greater heights in the near future and beyond.

The Georgia Department of Education and Georgia Association of Manufacturers have officially partnered with the SME Education Foundation to conceive a specialized program, which will provide select high school students across Michigan with hands-on manufacturing and engineering education. The program, as per certain reports, will be facilitated through SME Education Foundation’s SME Prime initiative. But what exactly is this initiative? Well, SME Prime is designed to bolster manufacturing knowhow in high school students, and it does so by delivering necessary equipment, curriculum, teacher training, and student scholarships at their schools’ disposal. Apart from that, the initiative also supplies these institutions with funding for manufacturing-focused extra-curricular activities and program sustainability. At present, SME Prime is striving to develop seven main disciplines, including additive manufacturing, metrology/quality, CAD/CAM, industrial maintenance, machining & fabrication, mechatronics & robotics, and welding. In case there are any validity-related doubts, it must be noted that SME Education Foundation’s efforts are fully aligned with more than 30 industry-recognized certifications. This combination of reliability and expansive reach is helping the organization serve more than 8,000 students annually in 81 schools across 22 states.

When quizzed regarding the new program, Richard Woods, a state school superintendent, voiced his support by saying:

“Our mission in Georgia is to prepare students for life – which includes connecting them with the skills they need to find meaningful work and a successful future. This partnership will provide students with an educational experience that is hands-on and relevant, preparing students to participate in Georgia’s high-demand manufacturing industry.”

As for GAM’s role in the program, it is expected to provide specific inputs on how to customize the manufacturing curriculums so that they are able to meet the needs of Georgia manufacturers.

“Enticing students to think differently about manufacturing and create rewarding careers in our industry is among the biggest opportunities facing Georgia’s manufacturers”, said Lloyd Avram, president, Georgia Association of Manufacturers. “We are excited to partner with the SME Education Foundation and see its work as highly complementary to other regional workforce initiatives we will launch this coming year in partnership with other stakeholders.”




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