This project focuses on laying the critical foundation for students to continue their STEM education through stackable credentials.


The SMART project is a pre-apprenticeship program that creates stackable credentials culminating in the SMART certification. The lessons and developed curriculum center on observed skills gaps in the manufacturing workforce and gives students the fundamental skills needed to continue their technical training.


Set the foundation for students to pursue careers in manufacturing through engaging lessons.

Technical Approach

Pre-apprentice program with stackable credentials


The Robotics Academy (Carnegie Mellon University) (Principal Investigator), NREC, FIRST, New Century Careers, Partner4Work, PA Department of Labor