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Professional Membership Tip: A Joint Student Membership

Nov. 18, 2021

Two noncompeting associations that have similar missions aimed at slightly different demographics came together to create a reciprocal student membership program. SME, an association that works to advance manufacturing and develop a skilled workforce, and Women in Manufacturing (WiM) recognized there was a lot of potential for finding opportunities and ways to work together.

"We're both trying to accomplish similar things as mission-driven nonprofits around workforce development and preparing next-generation talent to enter the manufacturing workforce," said Bob Willig, SME executive director and CEO.

How Does It Work?

The reciprocal memberships will allow students seeking education in manufacturing-related fields to pay one $40 fee to become student members of both associations, with access to the resources and networks of both.

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