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PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES
SAMA helps our manufacturer members grow and prosper through advanced education opportunities.
Through a long-standing partnership with the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC), the local affiliate of the Department of Commerce’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership, SAMA provides members access to professional training customized for manufacturers in our region.
Recent examples include:
- Lean Manufacturing Certification Program
- Manufacturing Supervisor Certification Program
- Employment Law Seminar for HR Professionals
SAMA is helping to develop the workforce of the future while providing opportunities for members to work with area youth through internships and other programs. SAMA helps promote the manufacturing industry to youth through STEM programs including:
Alamo Academies Internships
SAMA connects members with internship opportunities through a partnership with Alamo Academies, offering high-demand STEM curriculums to high school students. Alamo Academies exposes high school students to STEM careers driven by industry. Students in these programs learn about high-demand career pathways through a hands-on curriculum that equips them to make better decisions on their educational and career plans after high school graduation. These internships are valuable for both manufacturers and students.
Alliance for Technology Education in Applied Math and Science (ATEAMS)
ATEAMS, an affiliate organization of SAMA, addresses the shortage of younger workers entering the highly skilled manufacturing trades by offering professional development events for math and science teachers in the summer months. Activities include visits to local companies, presentations by industry representatives, and the development of math and science lessons integrating examples from area partners. The program helps teachers understand the math and science concepts and principles used in local business and industry settings, and better prepare students for career opportunities.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics
FIRST Robotics inspires young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills for students from kindergarten through high school. SAMA sponsors the FIRST Robotics Competition for high-school teams and provides grants that support FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams in traditionally underserved school districts including Edgewood ISD, Harlandale ISD, San Antonio ISD, South San Antonio ISD and Southwest ISD.
SAMA offers an annual scholarship for high school students enrolled in the Alamo Academies program and wishing to continue studies in a STEM field related to manufacturing or aerospace.