OCU receives grant from Toyota Indiana
In celebration of National STEM/STEAM Day November 8, TMMI announced a $250,000 in grant to support Oakland City University (OCU).
OCU will utilize its $250,000 grant to implement a Creative Technologies Bachelor’s Degree Program, an interdisciplinary program that combines studies in technology, computer science, and business. It uses technology projects as the means for developing student creativity, analytic and problem-solving skills, scientific reasoning, and strategic insights among others. Upon completion, students will earn a Bachelor of Science.
“Oakland City University thanks Toyota Indiana for its significant contribution to our Creative Technologies program,” said OCU President, Dr. Ron Dempsey. “Students can learn the process of bringing innovative ideas to market from conception to prototyping, to testing and marketing. The technological skills obtained through this degree program will not only propel our students into successful careers but also create a dynamic workforce for Southern Indiana and the Tri-State Area.”
TMMI’s regional investment is part of Toyota Motor North America’s broader support in plant communities across the country. Recently, the Toyota USA Foundation funded $3.4 million to help bridge the digital divide in 13 states, including Indiana, benefiting more than 350,000 students.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts STEM-related jobs will grow at more than twice the rate of all other occupations over the next decade. Yet, there is an expected gap in qualified workers. And, fewer African-Americans, Hispanics, and women are represented in STEM fields than in the general workforce.
In addition to funding STEM/STEAM education programs for students of all ages, Toyota created FAME, or Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education, to help fill the gap in skilled workers. FAME brings together local manufacturers, educators and future workers to create a skilled worker pipeline and pathway to advanced manufacturing technician jobs. Since 2010, the Toyota FAME program has significantly grown to include nearly 400 partner companies in 13 states, including in Indiana.
The Manufacturing Institute, the workforce and education partner of the National Association of Manufacturers, and Toyota Motor North America announced a partnership to transition operation and stewardship of the FAME program in 2019.
Toyota also is connecting students and educators to e-learning resources through a new education hub. The hub offers virtual plant tours and fields trips, STEM-based lessons, and a look at how Toyota is using STEM to step into the future and build a mobile society. Learn more at TourToyota.com.
Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. for more than 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands, plus our nearly 1,500 dealerships.
Toyota has created a tremendous value chain and directly employs more than 36,000 in the U.S. The company has contributed world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 30 million cars and trucks at our 9 manufacturing plants, 10 including our joint venture in Alabama that begins production in 2021.
To help inspire the next generation for a career in STEM-based fields, including mobility, Toyota launched its virtual education hub at www.TourToyota.com with an immersive experience and chance to visit many of our U.S. manufacturing facilities. The hub also includes a series of free STEM-based lessons and curriculum through Toyota USA Foundation partners, virtual field trips and more. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.