What Is A PRIME School?
PRIME schools reflect the future of advanced manufacturing education. While every PRIME school is different, they share a commitment to create programming that generates excitement for advanced manufacturing education. The selection criteria is based on the following principles:
Impact • Leadership • Execution
Impact PRIME designated schools serve as high-profile catalysts, broadening the scope of opportunities available to students, faculty and the local manufacturing community.
How they do this varies from school, but here are a few real-life examples we’ve seen:
- Post-secondary credits that help students get a head start on college
- Industry certifications and accreditations that train students to qualify for highly skilled technical jobs
- Internships and job shadowing opportunities that exposes young people to real-world working environments, strengthening their resumes and employment prospects
- Scholarship opportunities that ease the financial burdens of post-secondary education
- Funding for professional development and training
- Externships that allow instructors to work onsite with a local manufacturer for several weeks
Leadership PRIME designated programs must be leaders in the realm of advanced manufacturing and STEM education.
PRIME schools benefit from the guidance and support of multiple stakeholders, each with a strong commitment to ensure the success of their program. These internal and external leaders include passionate instructors, supportive and engaged administrators, an active advisory panel, and strong industry connections. Advisory panels may include:
- industry leaders
- SME members
- representatives from post-secondary schools with manufacturing curriculums
Execution PRIME designated programs must deliver on the mission of creating our next generation workforce and create excitement around advanced manufacturing and STEM education.
PRIME schools receive funding that is earmarked to support programs that enhance the appeal of pursuing a career in advanced manufacturing. These programs are designed to provide rewarding, positive experiences. For example:
- Camps and academies for middle-school-aged children
- School clubs
- Participation in competitions such as SkillsUSA or the National Robotics Challenge