From SPS Communications:
Roosevelt High School was one of 11 schools around the country that recently joined 15 other PRIME schools, a program that offers a community-based approach to manufacturing education.
PRIME (Partnership Response in Manufacturing Education) model is a call
to action designed to create strong partnerships between organizations,
businesses, and exemplary schools to provide a comprehensive
community-based approach to manufacturing education.
PRIME, 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
curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) that helps
prepare young people for highly skilled, good-paying jobs in demand by
All but two of this year’s selected schools offer the Project Lead The Way (PLTW)
STEM program. PLTW is the nation’s leading provider of in-school STEM
curriculum programs, with partnerships in over 5,500 schools nationwide.
model schools partner with local manufacturing businesses to offer
students a range of valuable benefits: mentoring, tours of businesses,
job shadowing and internships. Schools also receive funding to support
postsecondary scholarships, equipment upgrades, STEM-based summer camps
for middle school kids and continuing education for instructors. PRIME
schools encourage young people to become makers and builders, to
discover for themselves not just how things work but why.
Bart Aslin, CEO of SME Education Foundation, said young people should
enroll in STEM-based education programs. “The careers available with
modern manufacturers are not like the ones that existed 40 or 50 years
ago. Today, you work with very sophisticated software and equipment on
significant projects that impact people living all over the world," he
said. "Manufacturers are looking for creative thinkers who enjoy solving
complex puzzles and this is the kind of talent our PRIME schools