Toyota enjoys giving back to the community, and it is passionate about preparing the next generation for success in the workplace. That’s why the Toyota USA Foundation awarded two grants to the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) and Project Lead The Way (PLTW). According to a press release from Toyota, the grants totaled $2.35 million.

The endowments are designed to increase access to STEM programs across the country and increase involvement and retention of women and people of color in STEM jobs.

“Persistent workforce gaps in STEM fields can be solved by increased participation and inclusion of diverse students,” said Mike Goss, president, Toyota USA Foundation. “These investments will impact elementary, middle, high school, and community colleges across the country, and represent industry and education coming together to better prepare the nation’s youth.”

This is how the grants were broken down. Two million dollars went to Project Lead the Way, which plans to use the funds toward approximately 115 K-12 schools throughout the country. The National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity received $350,000 with the goal of creating promotional tools and outreach tactics for teachers to use with students and parents in K-12 schools, and students at the college community level.

“Toyota and the Toyota USA Foundation have been tremendous partners for many years, helping us engage and inspire students in their K-12 education and future careers,” said Dr. Vince Bertram, president and chief executive officer, PLTW. “Through the foundation’s continued support, we will train hundreds of teachers and engage thousands of students in PLTW’s hands-on, transformative learning experiences. These programs help prepare students with the knowledge and skills to compete in the workforce, solve challenges, contribute to global progress, and create a lasting impact on their communities and our country.”

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