DEARBORN, Mich., March 24, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- SME announced today that Oakland Schools Technical Campus Northeast in Pontiac, Michigan, received an Afinia H800 3D printer in recognition of their participation in SME manufacturing and career awareness activities including Manufacturing Day. SME's student outreach programs are part of its commitment to serving the manufacturing industry by promoting advanced manufacturing technology and developing a skilled workforce.
American manufacturing is currently experiencing a growing skills gap – an inability to fill positions with technologically experienced and qualified workers. SME works with schools and industry across the nation to make new technologies like 3D printing, advanced robotics and other technologies accessible and interesting to students, parents, teachers and institutions.
"The opportunity for students to experience advanced manufacturing technologies like 3D printing is a great way to generate interest in manufacturing and manufacturing careers," said Jeff Krause, SME chief executive officer. "Having an Afinia H800 in their own facility is a great hands-on way to explore and learn about advanced manufacturing. We're so pleased to offer that advantage to Oakland Schools."
The Afinia H800 received the Innovation Award from SME at the 2015 RAPID Conference in Long Beach, CA.
"Manufacturers and educators work together to add value to our workforce, and are both important constituencies that Afinia serves with our 3D printers," said John Westrum, Afinia vice president. "We're happy to support SME in their efforts to share these technologies with students."
Oakland Schools' Career Focused Education team already has plans to integrate the new technology into their manufacturing-related curricula.
"Our educators are really excited about receiving a 3D printer for our school," said Wanda Cook-Robinson, PhD, superintendent of Oakland Schools. "Our Oakland Schools Technical Campuses provide students with hands-on experience in growing industries. Support from organizations like SME and Afinia allow us to provide wonderful opportunities to our students. "
SME connects all those who are passionate about making things that improve our world. As a non-profit organization, SME has served practitioners, companies, educators, governments 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 skill needs for the industry. Follow @SME_MFG on Twitter or facebook.com/SMEmfg.
Afinia is a division of Microboards Technology LLC, is a leader in specialized printing solutions. Their twenty-year history includes leadership in disc duplication and labeling and, most recently, 3D Printing. More information can be found at www.afinia.com, Facebook , Twitter or by phone at 1.888.215.3966.
About Oakland Schools and Oakland Schools Technical Campuses
Oakland Schools is one of 56 intermediate school districts (ISDs) in Michigan. The regional service agency operates four Oakland Schools Technical Campuses, one in each quadrant of the county. These campuses provide practical career technical education to high school students from Oakland County's 28 public school districts, public academies, private learning institutions and home schools. Enrolled students spend part of their day studying at their home district and the other part actively involved in one of several career clusters.
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