GEORGETOWN, Ky. (LEX 18) — Officials with Toyota and Harrison County Schools announced Wednesday a “STEM career pathway” program touted as a national leader.
The automaker and school district were joined by Project Lead the Way, Kentucky FAME and The Manufacturing Institute in celebrating the educational initiative, which stretches from prekindergarten to graduate school.
“FAME has developed the most seamless and comprehensive career pathway that we are aware of among the institutions affiliated with NCPN,” Debbie Mills, executive director of National Career Pathways Network, said in a statement. “The FAME Career Pathway is a benchmark for programs across the U.S.”
Among the program’s provisions, students using the pathway are provide resources and job opportunities by a sponsoring area manufacturer.
“We’re investing in the youngest of students now so that in 15 or 20 or 25 years, we have diverse, skilled workers to continue building quality vehicles right here in Kentucky,” said Susan Elkington, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky. “This partnership and pathway are critical to combat the skills gap. We must arm our students with the proper tools for 21st Century careers. That includes problem-solving, technical skills, an understanding of mechanics, physics, and so much more. The key is getting children excited about STEM early.”