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SME Education Foundation Honors Alcoa Foundation with Outstanding Partner Award

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Alcoa Foundation recognized for its continued support of the Education Foundation’s national Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education Initiative

(Dearborn, Mich., May 16, 2016) ― The SME Education Foundation has awarded Alcoa Foundation with the 2016 Outstanding Partner honor for its continued support of the Education Foundation and its Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education (PRIME®) initiative. With Alcoa Foundation’s backing, students, teachers, and high schools have access to 21st-century technology, equipment and curriculum, thus helping to create a sustainable, tailored approach to workforce development.

“Thanks to the generous contributions of partners like Alcoa Foundation, the SME Education Foundation has been able to introduce even more youth to advanced manufacturing career pathways,” said Brian Glowiak, director of the SME Education Foundation. “We appreciate everything Alcoa Foundation does to help us prepare the next generation skilled workforce for successful careers in manufacturing.”

Alcoa Foundation has been a dedicated supporter of PRIME since 2011, and as one of the first funders of this initiative, the Pittsburgh-based organization has committed to investing a total of $750,000 through 2018. This funding is transforming manufacturing education programs at high schools near Alcoa facilities in southern California and Ohio.

“Alcoa Foundation is honored by this recognition,” said Ryan Kish, program manager at Alcoa Foundation. “The PRIME initiative is helping to build resilient communities through a better prepared advanced manufacturing workforce.”

The SME Education Foundation honored Alcoa Foundation with the 2016 Outstanding Partners Award. From left to right: Brian Glowiak (SME Education Foundation director); Ryan Kish (Alcoa Foundation); Brian Ruestow (SME Education Foundation president); and Dean Bartles (SME president).

The SME Education Foundation, which has given the Outstanding Partner Award to individuals and companies since 2008, presented Alcoa Foundation with its award at the annual SME International Awards Gala on May 15.

About the SME Education Foundation

The SME Education Foundation is committed to inspiring, preparing and supporting the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists. Since its creation by SME in 1979, the SME Education Foundation has provided grants, scholarships and awards through its partnerships with corporations, organizations, foundations and individual donors. Each year, the Foundation awards several hundred scholarships to students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering and technology disciplines closely related to manufacturing. The organization also administers scholarship awards on behalf of major corporations connected to manufacturing. Additionally, the Foundation’s PRIME initiative was created to provide high school students with a tailored advanced manufacturing/STEM education.

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About Alcoa Foundation

Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately $480 million. Founded 64 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than $635 million in communities worldwide. In 2015, Alcoa Foundation contributed more than $22 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, building innovative partnerships to improve the environment and educate tomorrow's leaders for careers in manufacturing and engineering. The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa's thousands of employee volunteers who share their talents and time to make a difference in the communities where Alcoa operates. Through the company's signature Month of Service program, in 2015, 47 percent of Alcoa employees took part in 1,000 events across 24 countries, benefiting more than 300,000 people and 400 nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit and follow @AlcoaFoundation on Twitter.


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