The PRIME designation for Esperanza High School comes with a three-year commitment by the SME Education Foundation to provide assistance in creating and fostering strong partnerships with the local manufacturing base to provide job shadows, mentoring and internships. In addition, PRIME schools receive funds totaling $35,000 for the three years to support post-secondary scholarships, equipment upgrades, continuing education for instructors and a STEM-based camp for middle school students.
Bart A. Aslin, CEO, SME Education Foundation says, “Esperanza High School was named an exemplary PRIME school because of their skilled and dedicated instructors, engaged and active students, strong administrative support, the right mix of academic and real-world experience and the measureable success of their Engineering and Manufacturing Academy (http://www.esperanzahs.com/
At Esperanza, most of the PRIME funding will be directed to the expansion of their University of California – Irvine, (UCI) Engineering Performance Program and Esperanza’s Engineering and Manufacturing Academy introduced in 2011.The Engineering and Manufacturing Academy offers an Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing Program that is a project and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)-
PRIME funding will also support field trips to increase student awareness and the involvement of local business; continued involvement of the PTA at Community Awareness events, and Counselor “Teas” to motivate and inform counselors. Instructor training will be provided for their geometry teacher using SolidWorks and MasterCam to better illustrate to students how geometry relates to the creation of a working part.
Engineering Instructor, Larry Eynon and Manufacturing Instructor, Dennis “Walt” Walters work hard to provide access to the best possible in equipment and facilities. Says Walters, “PRIME is not about us, it’s about setting the bar, increasing awareness and encouraging school districts to improve their relationships and effectiveness as they work with local universities, business and industry."
Esperanza’s CTE choices offer an introduction to Mechanical Engineering with a two-semester class, “Principles of Engineering and Manufacturing.”
“Students need to have some hands-on skills to see the relevancy,” says Eynon. “We want to give industry students, who have mechanical background in engineering and manufacturing, practical skills — how to use the machinery, tools and some design skills.”
“The focus at Esperanza has always been on the college-bound student,” says Walters. “With the inception of the CTE Program, and our Engineering and Manufacturing Academy, Esperanza offers two pathways: the UC/CSU pathway student, the four-year university student, and Community College/Industry Certificate pathway students that we identify as our “Mid-Kids.”
PRIME was developed as a response to the growing skills gap crisis in the United States along with its greater mission to inspire, prepare and support STEM-interested students. Upon graduation, students leave school with the tools to further their education and become skilled future innovators and contributors to industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in professional, scientific, and technical services is expected to grow by 29 percent, adding 2.1 million new jobs between 2010 and 2020.
In a new report, Orange County Workforce Indicators Report 2012-2013,” issued by the Orange County Investment Board (http://egov.ocgov.com/
PRIME sites for 2013 include: Alabama: Calera High School, Calera, Ala.; California: Esperanza High School, Anaheim, Calif.; Petaluma High School, Petaluma, Calif.; Indiana: McKenzie Center for Innovation and Technology, Indianapolis, Ind.; Iowa: Cedar Falls High School, Cedar Falls, Iowa; Massachusetts: Westfield Vocational Technical High School, Westfield, Mass.; Michigan: Jackson Area Community Center, Jackson, Mich.; Ohio: Centerville High School, Dayton, Ohio, and Wisconsin: Bradley Technical High School, Milwaukee, Wis.
Education Partners: Orange County Department of Education OC/STEM (Alisa McCord); OCDE Media Services; OCDE STEM Grant SB 70 Governor’s Career Technical Education Initiative; Placentia/Yorba Linda Unified School District Board of Education; PYLUSD-CTE Advisory Committee and Vital Link.
Industry Partners: Barton Mines, Benner Metals, Forest Scientific (John Martincic); Haas Machine Tools; HSM Works; Omax Group; Paton Group (Frank Paxton & Chris Miller); Paxton Patterson (John Waltemeyer); Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and SME Education Foundation.
About Esperanza High School: Esperanza High School, Anaheim, California, is a comprehensive four-year public high school that is part of the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District. The school serves an enrollment of 1808 students of the primarily residential community in the northeast part of Orange County. It is a California Distinguished School and is home to numerous academic clubs and various C.I.F. championship athletic programs. With an API of 861, the school’s rank is in the top 25 percent of Orange County high schools and in May 2007, received a full six-year clear accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Visit: http://www.esperanzahs.com/
About the SME Education Foundation: The SME Education Foundation is committed to inspiring, supporting and preparing the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists in the advancement of manufacturing education. Created by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 1979, the SME Education Foundation has provided more than $31 million since 1980 in grants, scholarships and awards through its partnerships with corporations, organizations, foundations, and individual donors. Visit the SME Education Foundation at www.smeef.org. Also visit our award-winning website for young people at www.ManufacturingisCool.com, and www.CareerMe.org for information on advanced manufacturing careers.
Media Contacts: Bart A. Aslin, CEO, SME Education Foundation, 313.425-3302, firstname.lastname@example.org