As part of its leadership activities, NACME has created close working partnerships with organizations that are also interested in increasing the pool of minority engineers in America. Here is an introduction to NACME’s key partners. National Academy Foundation (NAF)
Project Lead The Way (PLTW)
- The National Academy Foundation creates partnerships between business leaders and educators that have been transforming students’ lives for more than 20 years. Through an innovative educational model, NAF’s small public school-based “learning communities” empower high school students to successfully go on to higher education, professions of their choosing, and active community participation. Themed academies that NAF has developed include the Academy of Hospitality & Tourism, the Academy of Finance, and the Academy of Information Technology.
Architecture, Construction, and Engineering (ACE Mentor Program)
- Project Lead The Way is a national not-for-profit organization that provides schools with curricula in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) areas. Its pre-engineering program is offered in more than 2,000 middle and high school in 49 states and the District of Columbia. The program consist of eight rigorous and relevant high school courses. PLTW is also launching a new biomedical sciences curriculum for high schools. PLTW provides intensive professional development for classroom instructors and school counselors. The PLTW pre-engineering curriculum will be used in the Academies of Engineering.
Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA)
- The ACE Mentor Program was founded by the principals of leading design and construction firms to introduce high school students to career opportunities in the industry.
- One of the country’s most innovative and successful programs, MESA works with thousands of educationally disadvantaged students to help them excel in math and science and graduate with math-based degrees.
The Princeton Review
- This Dallas-based educational consulting firm specializes in a dynamic framework of learning. Guaranteed 4.0 encourages academic excellence and professional growth—both in and out of a formal educational system.
SME Education Foundation
- The Princeton Review helps students, parents, and educators achieve the best outcomes at all stages of students’ educational careers. It starts with a single premise: Everyone is entitled to the best education. Through years of research, the Princeton Review has learned to use practice and preparation to help students improve their performance. The Princeton Review partnered with NACME to produce The NACME Guide to Engineering Colleges.
The College Prep Network
- The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Education Foundation – created in 1979, is dedicated to the advancement of manufacturing education and preparing the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists. Thanks to the generosity of its partners including corporations, organizations, foundations and individual donors, the Foundation has awarded more than $29 million since 1980 in awards, scholarships and youth programs.
- The College Prep Network is an online community resource serving middle and high school students, parents, and teachers of math and science. Born out of a need to establish one-stop resources for college preparation, scholarship and program information, competitions and pre-engineering activities, and exposure to a diverse pool of role models – The College Prep Network fills a critical void.
- Founded by Dianne Hayes, an award-winning education and science and technology writer and editor, The College Prep Network targets underrepresented groups in science and technology and students who will be the first-generation in their families to go to college. The College Prep Network serves to empower students, parents and educators through articles, resources in a multi-media platform.