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Toyota Bodine helps create new technician degree program

Missouri students seeking opportunities to land a job requiring highly advanced skills will be able to get training and a degree through a new program that will be offered through the State Technical College of Missouri (STC) in partnership with Toyota Bodine. Both STC and Toyota Bodine are members of Associated Industries of Missouri.

The Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program has been launched by Toyota in several other states where the company has manufacturing facilities. Toyota works with a local technical college to prepare students in multiple skills that are in demand by manufacturers throughout the country.

Wednesday, October 1, Toyota Bodine announced that STC would be its partner in Missouri to teach students in multiple skill areas such as robotics, fluid power, maintenance reliability and lean manufacturing. STC will operate the program on the campus of Lewis and Clark Career Center in St. Charles.

“We are pleased to  have been chosen by Toyota Bodine to offer the Advanced Manufacturing Technician program in the St. Louis region,” said STC president Donald Claycomb. “This three-way partnership among Toyota Bodine, Lewis and Clark Career Center and State Technical College of Missouri will offer a unique opportunity to students and manufacturers.”

Students participating in the Advanced Manufacturing Technician program will attend classes at the school twice a week and will work three days a week at a local manufacturer. After students complete the five semester program, they will earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree. The coursework is such that students wanting to further their education will have the background to pursue a higher degree such as engineering.

While Toyota Bodine is the catalyst for the program, it hopes to enlist support and interest from several other area companies to offer on-the-job training and eventual hiring of graduates.

“There are nearly 600,000 unfilled jobs in the country due to the shortage of qualified, multiple-skilled workers,” said Terry Henderson, General Manager of Toyota Bodine. “Students completing the AMT program can get a good paying job literally anywhere in the country, but we hope to capture and keep that talent here in Missouri.”

The Missouri AMT program will launch next August for the beginning of the 2015 school year. Partner companies will be announced later, as will information on how students can apply.

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