Toyota Grants $2M for STEM Education in North Carolina

The funds are part of Toyota's Driving Possibilities program to provide PreK-12 students with access to rewarding STEM careers, including in the auto industry.


The Toyota USA Foundation announced a $2 million grant initiative targeted at Randolph and Guilford Counties in North Carolina, part of the Driving Possibilities program, designed to prepare students for future science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.

Driving Possibilities focuses on PreK-12 education to provide students with access to rewarding careers, including opportunities in the auto industry. The long-term initiative aims to close educational gaps for students through innovative, hands-on STEM programming while addressing the essential needs of students and families.

"Our goal is to increase awareness of future STEM careers while helping build sustainable programs in the communities where our team members live and work," said Tellis Bethel, group vice president of social innovation at Toyota. "With $2 million in the first year, we are excited to expand Driving Possibilities here in North Carolina, home to our first battery plant in North America."

This program is not just about classroom learning; it integrates professional development for educators, community engagement and family support, offering a comprehensive approach to STEM education.

"The Driving Possibilities framework provides a holistic approach to ensure all children have equal access to opportunities and a pathway to high-growth careers," said Sean Suggs, president of Toyota North Carolina. "In collaboration with community partners and businesses, we are focusing resources inside and outside the classroom to help students overcome barriers."

"We are excited for Toyota's partnership and investment in communities across North Carolina," said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper. "These grants will help enhance the STEM education of students in Randolph and Guilford counties and prepare them to lead successful careers in a variety fields, including our state's thriving auto industry."

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