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WASHINGTON, D.C., May 3, 2013 — SME's stakeholders are well aware of the need to develop the industry’s workforce of tomorrow. Many are experiencing difficulties attracting and retaining talented employees with the right combination of skills required in today’s high-tech manufacturing environment. In fact, approximately 600,000 manufacturing jobs go unfilled every year, while only half of engineering students and one-fifth of math and science students regard manufacturing as an attractive career.

Committed to ensuring that this cornerstone of the American economy remains strong, SME today pledged its support to U.S. News STEM Solutions, a national conference that will bring together the best minds in business and academia on a national stage with the purpose of filling jobs now and advancing the future of the STEM workforce. Through its SME Education Foundation, the organization identifies opportunities such as STEM Solutions that foster the collaboration of business and industry to change public perception of manufacturing with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-based education programs. Also, Tooling U-ME integrates online curriculum in hundreds of secondary and postsecondary manufacturing and engineering programs across North America, innovating and updating school’s programs.  

SME joins a notable group of companies and organizations that are uniting to promote improvements in STEM education create pathways to high-skill jobs, and advance the STEM-related workforce in the United States. Approximately 2,000 education, policy and industry thought leaders will convene in Austin, Texas, June 17-19, 2013, to lay the groundwork for sustainable solutions.

Event organizer, U.S. News & World Report, is enthusiastically welcoming SME’s involvement. “We are extremely pleased to have the backing of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers,” said Brian Kelly, editor of U.S. News & World Report. “The organization’s ongoing, deep-seated commitment to the STEM initiative through  Tooling U and its Education Foundation, as well as their unique perspective on workforce development, make them an invaluable addition to the Summit.”

To learn more about how you can help shape our nation’s future by participating in STEM Solutions 2013, visit USNewsSTEMSolutions.com. Furthermore, SME has negotiated a special program rate for its network of contacts who register using code SME2013.  

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