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SME Announces Harper College as an Inaugural Institutional Member

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(DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 25, 2017) — SME – an organization dedicated to training and developing the manufacturing workforce – is pleased to announce Harper College as one of its inaugural Institutional members.

Harper College, an academic institution based in Palatine, Illinois, has joined Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and Grand Valley State University of Allendale, Michigan, as SME’s first institutional members.

“We find it important that our instructors stay updated with the evolving manufacturing trends and technology,” said Stuart Templeton, the manufacturing program specialist at Harper College. “With the apparent industry skills gap, it’s imperative that we are equipped to train the next generation. SME’s program can us help better prepare.”

Harper College received Tooling U-SME’s 2016 Platinum Education Center (TUPEC) Award for working with local industry to prepare students for manufacturing jobs in their communities. Through Harper’s earn-and-learn program, students gain hands-on experience from apprenticeships and internships, while taking classes at the college.

Today, SME announced the launch of the institutional membership program, which is now offered to all academic institutions. The program connects universities or colleges to manufacturing professionals of the SME network. Alongside the networking opportunities, it includes reduced member pricing for SME trade shows and conferences, access to industry-focused publications, and opportunities for research and certifications. Additionally, five of the institution’s faculty or staff will receive a one-year SME membership.

Institutions interested in exploring SME membership can visit to learn more or join now.

About Harper College
Harper College is one of the nation’s premier community colleges and one of the largest, serving more than 35,000 students annually in Chicago’s northwest suburbs. The College’s academic programs prepare students for rewarding careers and for transfer to four-year universities through a wide variety of associate degree and certification programs, advanced career programs, workforce training, professional development, continuing education classes, accelerated degree options for adults and developmental education programs. Harper has become a national leader in student success by increasing graduation, transfer and certificate completion rates, aligning the College’s curriculum with high schools and training students for new economy jobs. For more information, visit

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 the advancement of manufacturing by addressing both knowledge and skills needed for the industry. Learn more at, follow @SME_MFG on Twitter or


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