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SME Education Foundation Seeks Industry Involvement for Horlick High School Initiative to Create STEM Opportunities for Students

Horlick High School, part of the Racine Unified School District, has partnered with the SME Education Foundation to make manufacturing and engineering education and career opportunities available for students via the Foundation’s Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education (PRIME) schools initiative.

SME PRIME schools directly address the manufacturing and engineering talent shortage by partnering with industry to provide modern equipment, tailored curriculum and hands-on training to high schools across the country. SME PRIME students learn about manufacturing and engineering technology and processes through an industry-informed curriculum tailored to meet the needs of local industry.

“This partnership provides industry-relevant improvements to the Academies of Racine at Horlick Pathways in Manufacturing and STEM for our students,” said Dr. Christopher Neff, Executive Director of Academies for the Racine Unified School District. “A collaboratively designed curriculum with industry-partners as well as advanced, current equipment give our students a unique opportunity to explore future careers in manufacturing, engineering and STEM leading to high demand and growth career opportunities after graduation.”

Local manufacturers develop and access a pool of skilled local talent who have been trained — and often certified — to fill specific roles at their respective companies, providing a direct community benefit.

“SME PRIME schools are central to our commitment to inspiring, preparing and supporting young people,” said Rob Luce, SME Education Foundation vice president. “Our partnership with Horlick High School needs support and engagement of business leaders to bring it to fruition — we’re proud to welcome these committed educators to our national team.”

Since 2011, SME PRIME schools have been initiated in 60 communities across 22 states, creating opportunities for more than 100,000 students. In 2019 alone, the SME Education Foundation partnered with 12 new schools to create custom programs through partnerships with private industry.

Located in southeastern Wisconsin, the Racine Unified School District is the fifth largest school district in the state, serving nearly 19,000 students.

Interested industry partners can become involved and learn more by calling the Foundation at (313) 319-4794.