Toyota USA Foundation Awards $5.8 Million for STEM Education

The Toyota USA Foundation has announced grants totaling $5.8 million to create and strengthen pathways to manufacturing careers for high school and adult students, with a focus on women and diverse communities.

Awarded over the summer, the eight grants include $1.5 million to the National Dropout Prevention Network in Clemson, South Carolina, in support of its efforts to introduce twenty-four thousand students in New York City, rural Kentucky, and Mississippi to STEM and manufacturing careers through online content and teacher coaching; $1.5 million to Hot Bread Kitchen in New York City to create career opportunities in food manufacturing for highly skilled immigrant and minority women; $1 million to Project Lead the Way in Indianapolis to introduce a hands-on computer-integrated manufacturing course in forty high schools; and $935,000 to the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California, for a multidisciplinary graduate program that prepares women for careers in global supply chains and operations.

Other recipients include the Center for Science Teaching and Learning in Rockville Centre, New York, which was awarded $441,190 to assist disengaged youth in finding employment through STEM-based manufacturing careers; the Excel Institute in Washington, D.C., which will receive $100,000 to provide career skills, technical education, and job placement to low-income adults with only a high school diploma or GED; the 114th Partnership, Inc., in Rockville, Maryland, which will receive $270,000 to increase STEM engagement for twenty thousand students through Spark 101's free, career-based case study videos; and ReSOURCE: A Nonprofit Community Enterprise, in Burlington, Vermont, which was awarded $100,000 for a program designed to fill the manufacturing skills gap among  high school students and recent graduates in the state.

"The Toyota USA Foundation is committed to supporting the American manufacturing sector to strengthen our economy," said Toyota USA Foundation president Michael Rouse. "By helping students discover their interests in manufacturing careers now, we can cultivate their talents and passions to bolster this critical field for the future."