Grants of up to $5.7 million have been announced by the Toyota USA Foundation to help students in Northern Kentucky’s Scott County, Fayette County, and Ignite Institute get ready for jobs in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). To guarantee that all students have access to fulfilling employment, including chances in the auto sector, Driving Possibilities concentrates on PreK–12 education.
“Our goal is to increase awareness of future STEM careers while helping build sustainable programs in the communities where our Toyota team members live and work,” said Tellis Bethel, group vice president of social innovation, Toyota. “With $1.2 million in its first year and more to come in the years ahead, we are excited to expand Driving Possibilities here in Kentucky, home to our largest manufacturing plant in the world.”
The long-term initiative’s tiered strategy, which delivers programming in certain schools based on suggestions from district leaders, strives to overcome educational gaps by addressing the fundamental requirements of kids and families while utilising creative, hands-on STEM programming.
“Toyota understands the future of our economy is in our classrooms,” said Jacqueline Coleman, Kentucky Lt. Governor. “This investment will eliminate barriers to success, increase opportunities for students, and help us achieve our goal of a quality education for every Kentuckian.”
The three main focuses of Driving Possibilities in Kentucky are to increase literacy and language resources, create educational and business alliances, and eliminate transportation impediments.
“The Driving Possibilities framework provides a holistic approach to ensure all children have equal access to opportunities and a pathway to high-growth careers,” said Kerry Creech, president of Toyota Kentucky.
With a focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), the Toyota USA Foundation was established as a charity foundation to assist educational programmes in the United States.