The Owensboro Innovation Academy has been awarded a Toyota: Preparing Our Students for Futures with Innovative STEM Opportunities grant worth $42,000. The grant was awarded by Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana.
The grant will help fund a new computer-integrated manufacturing class where students will learn how to program machines that are used in the manufacturing industry, similar to those used at Toyota.
“We are so thankful to Toyota Manufacturing for helping us add this program to our Project Lead the Way curriculum,” said Stephanie Gray, Engineering Facilitator at Owensboro Innovation Academy. “This program will go a long way in helping our students be successful leaders in this industry in the near future.”
Juniors or seniors who participate in the program and would like to pursue a career in industrial manufacturing with Toyota will receive priority consideration at Owensboro Community and Technical College and Vincennes University to continue their education in this field.
“Providing opportunities to enrich the lives and minds of our youth through STEM learning is a top priority for Toyota Indiana,” said Tiffannie Hedin, Toyota Motor North America corporate communications analyst. “We’re extremely proud to partner with Owensboro Innovation Academy to bring this opportunity to students in our region.”
Owensboro Innovation Academy and Toyota Manufacturing, Indiana will hold a check presentation ceremony Friday, August, 21 at 11:30 a.m. Members of the media and the community are invited to attend.