CHARLESTON, S.C. – September 9, 2016 – STEM education focused on manufacturing in Indiana will get a major boost thanks to a newly formed partnership between Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana (TMMI) and STEM Premier. Focused on connecting students to opportunities within STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), STEM Premier is Toyota’s newest virtual recruitment tool for the company’s Advanced Manufacturing Technician program, an innovative education-to-work initiative offered through Vincennes University to further enhance Indiana’s future work force for years to come.
Designed to be the strongest manufacturing-supportive degree in Indiana, the Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program includes a two-year Associate Degree in Advanced Manufacturing Automation Technology and combines cutting-edge curriculum and a paid working experience, along with learning highly sought-after business principles and the best practices of a world class manufacturer. Over five semesters, students will earn enough pay to cover their educational expenses and the opportunity to graduate debt free.
According to the National Association of Manufacturers, over the next decade nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will likely be needed. Of those, 2 million are expected to go unfilled due to the skills gap.
“As technology increases, so does the need for skilled technicians at our facility. Programs such as the AMT program do a great job at creating a qualified pipeline of skilled technicians who are job ready,” said Terry Henderson, general manager, human resources at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana. “However, in order to maintain that talent pipeline, we need to reach high school students earlier and educate them on our programs and opportunities. That’s why our partnership with STEM Premier is so important to our success.”
STEM Premier acts as a virtual hub, bringing together students ages 13+, with colleges, universities, companies, and organizations. Students showcase their talents through digital profiles, discover resources and scholarships, receive guidance and coaching, and connect with colleges and companies who can view student profiles and recruit them directly via internal messaging.
“Talent is everywhere. The key is knowing how to find it,” said Channelle Ragland, director of strategic partnerships. “Our partnership with Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana is a perfect example of how we showcase that talent to build the future workforce. Through STEM Premier, Toyota will be able to search through thousands of students in all southwest Indiana and the surrounding tri-state area, pinpoint the students that best fit their AMT program and start connecting. It’s all about making that first connection.”