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Fraser High School named SME PRIME School

PRIME announcement group photo

Fraser Public Schools is excited to announce a partnership between the SME Education Foundation, the Michigan Manufacturers Association and multiple local businesses to bring opportunties in advanced manufacturing to students at Fraser High School.

Dominion Technologies Group, I.F. Metalworks, Fori Automation, General Motors, Oakley Industries and Superior Heat Treat LLC will collaborate through SME’s Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education (PRIME) initiative to develop and launch an advanced manufacturing education program at FHS beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.

“We want to expand and improve STEM education and workforce development outcomes,” said Michael Simcoe, GM vice president of Global Design. “We’re delighted to join with local businesses, government and Fraser Public Schools to provide opportunity for these students to learn hands-on skills through the PRIME curriculum — and to explore meaningful careers in Macomb County.”

The partnership was announced April 30 in the FHS Media Center in front of students, staff, elected officials and the media. 

Also engaged in the effort is the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan, as well as state and local officials.

PRIME builds a collaborative network of students, educators and industry professionals to provide high school students with advanced manufacturing career pathways, inspiring and informing their interest and awareness in manufacturing. The national program provides students with practical experience, knowledge and skills using state-of-the-art technology and equipment, while allowing companies to support the career direction of youth through mentoring, internships and job shadowing. 

“It started with one phone call: I wanted our schools to be a part of the opportunities the SME Education Foundation PRIME schools initiative provides,” said Dr. David Richards, superintendent of Fraser Public Schools. “The support we’ve received from our business community, county government and the state in this quest has been phenomenal; our students and community will benefit as a direct result.”