Toyota announces new education initiative

BELDEN – Toyota today announced a new education partnership with four community colleges in Northeast Mississippi that will train participants for advanced manufacturing jobs.

Participants will take classes their home college two days a week and will have a paid internship at Toyota three days a week. The internship will pay $16.50 per hour. Students will earn an advanced manufacturing associate’s degree in five semesters.

The agreement is with Itawamba Community College, Northeast Mississippi Community College, Northwest Mississippi Community College and East Mississippi Community College.

The program will pilot in January for students in ICC’s industrial maintenance program. It will be open to others at ICC and the other colleges in the fall.

ICC will begin with a cohort of 20 students. There are no prerequisites required. The five semesters for the program include two falls, two springs and a summer.

Graduates of the program won’t be required to work for Toyota, nor will they automatically have a job with the automaker. But they will be in a competitive position to get one.