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Toyota Expands Student Program To Include Putnam County

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Putnam County students can now take part in Toyota West Virginia's education program.
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Toyota West Virginia is expanding its high school education program in West Virginia where students get hands-on manufacturing experience before graduation.

Juniors and seniors in Putnam County can now join the 4T Academy, a work-based learning program at the Buffalo, West Virginia facility.

Students gain real world experience in electrical, pneumatics, hydraulics, precision machining, industrial automation, robotics and more while working alongside and learning from industry professionals. Seniors receive an hourly wage during their final semester in the program. 

Toyota West Virginia established the program last year in a partnership with Kanawha County Schools along with The Education Alliance and Purdue University’s Indiana Manufacturing Competitiveness Center.

Twenty-four Putnam County students from five schools will join 12 Kanawha County students from eight schools in the program next year.