Engines of Change

TMMAL’s donation of trial engines to technical centers demonstrates industry-education partnership

January 31, 2017

Thank You, Toyota! -- Automotive technician students at McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Ga., pose for a photo with the engines donated by TMMAL.

The Advanced Manufacturing Training (AMT) and Technician Training & Education Network (T-TEN) programs aren’t the only ways Toyota helps nurture aspiring technicians. Case in point: Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama (TMMAL) recently donated more than 300 trial engines to 95 high schools and technical centers in 35 states.
 
T-TEN Analyst George Colletti helped coordinate the donation with the plant. The engines had been used for equipment trials and team member training and, thus, could not be installed in Toyota vehicles.
 
This outreach follows TMMAL’s earlier donation of 45 V6 engines to technical high schools in six northern Alabama counties surrounding its location in Huntsville. Students benefit from working on the latest technology, increasing their skills and hopefully their interest in the automotive manufacturing industry.
 
“We believe it’s our responsibility to partner with educators to support career readiness programs that help develop our future workforce,” says TMMAL President David Fernandes.
 
“We are so thankful to Toyota for donating engines to our students,” says Michael Romine, director of the Madison County Career Technical Center, one of the recipients of the engines. “This is the perfect example of how the industry-education partnership should work.”
 
By Dan Miller

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