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SME Announces Youth Program Funding
April 24, 2008

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Education Foundation announced recently that it has committed $1.4 million for youth programs in 2008 that inspire students to pursue manufacturing and engineering careers. The funding will support Gateway Academy programs across the nation, as well as Project Lead the Way’s (PLTW) “Gateway to Technology” middle school curriculum.

The SME Education Foundation’s 2008 funding will support 179 Gateway Academy programs in 25 states. This project-based experience is designed to introduce secondary school students to the fundamentals of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects and is intended to recruit students into PLTW coursework at the middle and high school levels.

In addition, the SME Education Foundation will launch an Aerospace Institute in Colorado and a summer Manufacturing experience (sMe) in Indiana. These programs target high school students and are intended to link students directly to specific career pathways.

The SME Education Foundation has contributed more than $3.5 million to support youth programs and initiatives that inspire, support and prepare young people for careers in manufacturing since being established in 1979.

For more information on the foundation, visit

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