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SME Education Foundation Supports Focus: HOPE’s STEM Bridge Program

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Foundation donation helps next generation of manufacturing and engineering professionals
(DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 11, 2014) – The SME Education Foundation is pleased to announce its continued support of Focus: HOPE in 2014. In recognition of Focus HOPE’s STEM Bridge program, the SME Education Foundation has committed $25,000 in funding.
Through this and other initiatives, the SME Education Foundation provides K-12 students, college students and students enrolled in technical training programs with scholarships and access to additional manufacturing educational resources.
“The SME Education Foundation is committed to supporting educational organizations, such as Focus: HOPE’s STEM Bridge program for students pursuing careers in manufacturing, manufacturing technology and manufacturing engineering,” said Brian Ruestow, President of the SME Education Foundation. “By supporting this program and many other programs like this, we emphasize our continued commitment to today’s students, who will be essential to the future of the manufacturing industry.”

In the last decade, the SME Education Foundation has provided Focus: HOPE with nearly $100,000 in scholarship funding, specifically designated for students enrolled in the Machining Training Institute. SME’s Education Foundation relies on corporations, foundations, organizations and individuals to develop and finance programs that inspire and support students’ interest in manufacturing careers. Donations and scholarships advance the career opportunities needed for these students as they transition from academia into the workforce. For more information on the Foundation, or to learn how to get involved in supporting the next generation of the manufacturing workforce, visit the SME Education Foundation’s website.

Focus: HOPE’s STEM Bridge program helps students strengthen their academic skills and prepares them for college-level studies. For more information on Focus: HOPE’s STEM Bridge program, contact Focus: HOPE at 313-494-4200 and find the STEM Bridge application form here.

About the SME Education Foundation
The SME Education Foundation is committed to inspiring, preparing and supporting the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists in the advancement of manufacturing education. Created by SME in 1979, the SME Education Foundation has provided more than $33 million since 1980 in grants, scholarships and awards through its partnerships with corporations, organizations, foundations and individual donors. Visit the SME Education Foundation at Follow @mfgeducation on Twitter or

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 industry. Follow @sme_mfg on Twitter or

About Focus: HOPE
Focus: HOPE is a nationally recognized civil and human rights organization founded in 1968 after the Detroit riots. Throughout the years, Focus: HOPE has developed numerous programs in its efforts to overcome racism, poverty and injustice, including food, career training, and community development programs. Through Focus: HOPE, thousands of individuals – especially women and minorities — have achieved financial independence. For more information, visit



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