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10/11/2012 1:28:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Vincennes University, Toyota announce education-to-work program
PRINCETON, Ind. - Vincennes University and Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana, have announced an innovative partnership for an education-to-work program - the first of its kind in Indiana.

The Toyota Advanced Manufacturing Technician program combines cutting-edge curriculum, paid working experience, and instruction in highly sought-after business principles and practices, VU officials said in a news release issued Wednesday.

The program, which results in a two-year associate degree from Vincennes University, will accept 20 students for its inaugural class in the fall of 2013.

Designed to be the strongest manufacturing-supportive degree in Indiana, highlights of the Toyota Advanced Manufacturing Technician program include a virtual full-ride scholarship including room and board, a coordinated career pathway, and three days of school and two days of work at Toyota's manufacturing facility in Gibson County.

"I'm excited about this new partnership with VU and what it means for our future workforce," said TMMI President Norm Bafunno.  

VU President Dick Helton was also commented on the partnership.

"As one of three higher education institutions to join in this partnership with Toyota in North America, Vincennes University is ready to open the door to enter a great career," said Helton.

VU officials said over two years, students can earn as much as $30,000 in salary which, with planning, can cover all of a student's education expenses.  There are also potential grants and financial aid.  Students have the opportunity to earn five $500 tuition assistance incentives during the program.  VU's tuition is $155.40 per credit hour for Indiana residents, making a typical 15-credit-hour semester cost $2,331.

While not guaranteed a full-time job at Toyota following graduation, graduates could be hired by the company; continue their education in engineering, technology or business; or pursue employment opportunities in the open job market.

For more information, or to apply to the program, go to www.vinu.edu/Toyota.


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