Toyota Indiana expands academy to SouthridgeApril 6, 2021
By Herald Staff
HUNTINGBURG — Students at Southridge High School will soon have the opportunity to be part of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana's 4T Academy.
The Dubois County school becomes the fourth high school to join the team.
The expansion comes one year after Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana made the announcement it would partner with all three Gibson County high schools to bring the workforce pathway program to local juniors and seniors, while offering paid internships to seniors with a potential for hire after graduation.
“We are excited to welcome Southridge High School to the 4T Academy,” said Ted Brown, vice president of administration at Toyota Indiana. “By expanding the 4T reach, we’re able to provide more students access to education and training for manufacturing careers while offering a unique opportunity to work alongside industry experts, utilize state-of-the-art technology and learn Toyota’s world-renowned processes and culture. Moreover, we’re able to further our commitment to community growth as we work to home-grow and retain talent locally while fostering the next generation of talented workforce.”
Southridge will partner with Vincennes University Jasper to provide classroom space and instruction for the state-certified portion of the program, which will begin at the start of the 2021-22 school year. Students will gain hands-on experience and Toyota-specific instruction while at the 4T Academy at Toyota Indiana.
“The 4T Academy provides students vital skills and experience needed to be successful, not only in manufacturing jobs but, in a variety of technical careers,” said Tim LaGrange, superintendent of the Southwest Dubois County School Corporation. “This partnership with Toyota Indiana will give our students more opportunity for career awareness and help better prepare them for careers after high school.”
Enrollment for 4T classes through Southridge is currently open. Any student interested in joining the program should contact their guidance counselor or go to www.4Tacademy.com.
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