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Major Organizations Support Future Engineers
June 17, 2009

Industries committed to the development of a skilled workforce and keeping America’s manufacturing sector strong, have given $318,000 in sponsorship grants to the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Education Foundation. The funding will makes it possible for secondary-school students who are aspiring to careers in technology and engineering to attend the Foundation’s Gateway Academies.

Supporting this initiative are: American Electric Power (AEP) Foundation, Andersen Corporate Foundation, CapsugelĀ®, a division of Pfizer, Emerson Charitable Trust, Ewing M. Kauffman Foundation, Ford Motor Company Fund, Goodrich Turbine Component Services, Haworth, Inc., H. B. Fuller Company Foundation, Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc., Kennametal Inc., PPG Industries, and Westinghouse Electric Corporation.

Gateway Academies are summer camps where talented secondary school students explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math. The SME Education Foundation and Project Lead The Way (PLTW) are dedicated to filling the projected shortfall in American engineers, so a major goal of Gateway Academies is to motivate students to participate in Gateway to Technology courses designed by PLTW during the school year, and encourage enrollment in college-preparatory science and math courses.

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