June 24, 2008 - Georgetown, KY - Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) made a $50,000 grant donation to the Center for Quality People & Organizations (CQPO) during a check presentation at the Toyota plant today. The donation came after an application was submitted to help fund construction of a Project Based Learning Center on the campus of Scott County High School.
The Center for Quality People & Organizations began as a partnership in 1999 between QUEST and Scott County schools. Its mission is to address the gap identified between kindergarten and high school students in the competencies of teamwork and problem solving. QUEST teaches school administrators, teachers and students how to apply Toyota's Quality Circle improvement process in the school environment and beyond.
"I can't express enough my appreciation to Scott County schools and TMMK for partnering with CQPO in order to invest in our kids, our community and our future," stated Mike Hoseus, executive director of CQPO. "By giving students and the current workforce the critical thinking and teamwork skills needed in the workplace of tomorrow, Scott County employers will see an increase in the skill sets of current workers while attracting new ones."
TMMK's contribution will be used to help fund construction of a "Project Based Learning Center" on the campus of the Great Crossing Performing Arts and Career Tech Center (South Campus of Scott County High School). The contribution will support the expansion of the High School Manufacturing Academy to include more Central Kentucky school districts and students.
"Learning critical skills such as teamwork and problem solving helps prepare students to be highly successful in today's and tomorrow's workforce," said Tom Zawacki, Toyota's general manager of General Affairs, and chairman of the CQPO board of directors. "These are key areas that are very important to companies like Toyota, which makes us so happy to help fund this initiative."
The Learning Center will also be the Project Based Learning area to train Scott County students in QUEST skills and Project Lead the Way (pre-engineering) students. The Learning Center will be open to the public for area business and community organizations to host and train the area's current workforce.
TMMK is located in Georgetown, Ky., and is Toyota's largest manufacturing facility in North America employing about 7,000 team members. Initially, TMMK hired team members from 116 of Kentucky's 120 counties and continues its philosophy of giving back to the communities where its team members live. TMMK has the capacity to produce 500,000 vehicles and engines annually. Its products include the Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon and Solara as well as V6 and 4-cylinder engines and engine components. Since arriving in Georgetown in 1986, TMMK has distributed more than $32 million in gifts and sponsorships across Kentucky.