Toyota USA Foundation today announced grants of up to $6.7 million to prepare Huntsville City Schools’ students for careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
That makes Huntsville the fifth site for Toyota’s Driving Possibilities initiative that is rolling out over five years.
“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 $2.9 million in the first year, and more to come in years ahead, we’re looking forward to the expansion of Driving Possibilities in the Huntsville area.”
Driving Possibilities focuses on PreK-12 education and closing educational gaps for children with hands-on STEM programming.
“The Driving Possibilities framework provides a holistic approach to addressing gaps in education,” said Jason Puckett, president of Toyota Alabama. “Our mission is to collaborate with local schools, community partners and other businesses, to help students reach their full potential. The success of our students will determine the future of our community.”
The initial announcement is for support of a new industrial tech program at Huntsville City Schools Career Tech Center.
Driving Possibilities, announced last year, is a $110 million national career readiness and community engagement initiative. It’s funded by Toyota USA Foundation, Toyota Motor North America and Toyota Financial Services.