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Ford Driving Dreams to Launch in Houston with $100,000 in Scholarships for Eligible Senior High School Students

PRESS RELEASE-- Ford Motor Company


Houston, Feb. 8, 2016 – Houston Ford Dealers and Ford Motor Company Fund announced $100,000 in Ford Driving Dreams scholarships for eligible seniors in selected high schools across Houston interested in pursuing an education in science, technology, engineering and math.The $2,000-a-piece scholarships will be awarded to qualifying students graduating in 2016 and planning to attend an accredited two-year or four-year college or university over the period for which the scholarship is requested. Full Article

Workforce Development: Investing to Foster an Agile Ecosystem

Ryan Kish, Education and Workforce Development Program Manager, Alcoa Foundation


Workforce development is one of the most wide-reaching education challenges that exist today for both businesses and individuals alike. The professional and financial future of people, the growth of industry, and the health of the global economy all depend, in part, on the successful education, training and development of the workforce. Full Article

Local Chapters Pave the Way for Involvement and Leadership Opportunities

Maite Mauri, Program Manager - ACES, Amazon, SME Member Since 2011


I’ve been asked many times why I’m an involved volunteer member at SME. The answer is simple: it makes me happy. Attending a company tour and learning about the different ways manufacturers are tackling the quickly evolving materials, customer demands and global markets is eye opening. Listening to a professional expert share insights into new technologies that are changing the way we design and manufacture products during a tech talk event, like how additive manufacturing is being used by companies to redesign attachments for aircraft overhead bins to reduce weight by as much as 80%, is exciting and inspiring. Full Article

LIFT, NIMS and Ivy Tech Launch Instructor Training

NIMS, LIFT, Ivy Tech press release


NIMS, LIFT and Ivy Tech announced the start of a new program to train community and technical college instructors in industrial technology maintenance. Full Article

At the Aviation Academy: Attitude = Altitude

Dr. Aaron Smith, Program director, Aviation Academy


Over the past five years, I have had the privilege of participating in some phenomenal events. I talked with astronauts onboard the International Space Station, visited companies such as Huntington-Ingalls and Alcoa-Howmet, and interacted with some incredible professionals who are committed to improving the education of our children. Full Article

At Okuma, Evolving Workforce a Factor in Emerging Technologies

Michael C. Anderson Senior Editor


Okuma America Corp. and their Partners in THINC held an event on applying emerging technologies to aerospace manufacturing at their Charlotte, NC facility on December 8. One of the topics that the presenters as well as the visitors talked about, in a variety of ways, was the challenges involved with getting a new generation of manufacturing workers in the door and up to speed on manufacturing technologies. Full Article

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