SME Announces Activities, Events and New Awareness Campaign to Support Manufacturing Day 2014

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Activities throughout the month of October aim to drive interest in careers, promote education and dispel manufacturing myths

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Manufacturing is vital to the U.S. economy, and Manufacturing Day is an important event to create awareness of opportunities and successful careers in this broad field.

SME, an organization dedicated to supporting the manufacturing industry through membership, events, media and workforce development, is proud to support Manufacturing Day as a silver sponsor, as well as organize and promote activities that drive awareness of the vital role manufacturing plays in the economy.

Manufacturing Day, Friday, Oct. 3, is in its third year and was created to address common misperceptions by giving manufacturers the opportunity to open their doors and show what manufacturing is. SME, its local membership chapters, Tooling U-SME and the SME Education Foundation have dozens of initiatives throughout the month of October, including plant and facility tours, presentations from industry experts and student activities that will promote manufacturing awareness.

“Manufacturing is vital to the U.S. economy, and Manufacturing Day is an important event to create awareness of opportunities and successful careers in this broad field,” said Wayne Frost, chief executive officer of SME. “SME is honored to sponsor Manufacturing Day, as well as support the entire industry each and every day of the year.”

For Manufacturing Day 2014, SME is a silver sponsor and the SME Education Foundation and Tooling U-SME are both bronze sponsors. View all of SME’s Manufacturing Day-related activities at sme.org/sme-and-mfg-day.

SME Chapter Activities
SME has more than 300 local senior and student chapters that its members participate in. Many U.S. chapters are hosting events, presentations, tours and other activities on Manufacturing Day and throughout October. To view activities or get involved, go here.

“For those immersed in manufacturing, we know how innovative, high-tech and rewarding the industry can be,” said Matt Hilgendorf, 2014 chair of the SME Member Council. “SME and its chapters are excited to support Manufacturing Day through a variety of initiatives to educate and promote the professional opportunities that exist in manufacturing today.”

Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education (PRIME) Schools
An SME Education Foundation initiative, Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education (PRIME), actively engages and builds a collaborative network between high school students, educators and industry to grow and train the next-generation workforce, while driving interest and awareness in manufacturing.

Many PRIME schools will be hosting and participating in open houses, tours of manufacturing facilities, career festivals, industry panels and field trips in honor of Manufacturing Day. See a full list of activities here.

“PRIME creates strong partnerships between manufacturers and schools,” said Josh Cramer, senior educational programs officer for SME. “Our celebration in Manufacturing Day affords us the opportunity to create awareness of the successes of PRIME students, instructors and partners in our continued journey to build a national network of manufacturing ambassadors.”

Learn more about PRIME here.

#MFGis
In October, SME will launch a new manufacturing awareness campaign, which will allow the current and future workforce to convey the real story behind manufacturing. Through this campaign, SME will tell the tales of manufacturing’s history, as well as where it is today and where it is going tomorrow. Keep an eye out for SME’s #MFGis by following @sme_mfg on Twitter, facebook.com/smemfg or visiting sme.org/mfgis.

Tooling U-SME Platinum Education Center Awards
In connection with Manufacturing Day, Tooling U-SME, a leader in manufacturing training and development, will present its Platinum Education Center designation to community colleges nationwide. The Tooling U-SME Platinum Education Center awards are presented to educational facilities that serve as models in the manufacturing industry when it comes to developing an outstanding learning culture. Schools are selected based on adoption of Tooling U-SME's online training program and strong utilization rates of online training in a blended learning format.

The award winners will be announced on toolingu.com on Manufacturing Day, Oct. 3.

About SME
SME connects all those who are passionate about making things that improve our world. As a nonprofit organization, SME has served practitioners, companies, educators, government and communities across the manufacturing spectrum for more than 80 years. Through its strategic areas of events, media, membership, training and development, and the SME Education Foundation, SME is uniquely dedicated to advancing manufacturing by addressing both knowledge and skill needs for the industry. Learn more at sme.org.

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