Demonstrating their commitment to the future of Northeast Mississippi, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi, Inc. and the Mississippi Corridor Consortium, an association of four community colleges - East Mississippi Community College, Itawamba Community College, Northeast Mississippi Community College and Northwest Mississippi Community College - are partnering in a new, innovative education-to-work program.

Known as the Advanced Manufacturing Technician program, it is designed as an innovative manufacturing degree that will span five semesters of classroom instruction and provide paid, hands-on experience at Toyota's Blue Springs automotive assembly plant.

The Industrial Maintenance curriculum includes instruction in areas including electricity, fluid power, mechanics, fabrication and robotics, as well as advanced manufacturing, business principles and best practices. Upon completion of the program, candidates will receive an associate's degree.

A successful launch of the inaugural class this fall has resulted in exposure to unparalleled experiences in the world of manufacturing.

In addition to in-depth instruction in manufacturing, the program includes semester-long modules in safety culture, workplace organization, lean manufacturing, problem-solving and maintenance reliability. It emphasizes attendance, initiative, diligence, verbal and written communication, interpersonal skills and professionalism.

Candidates who earn an AMT degree will be able to compete for skilled positions across the country or may apply for any locally available positions at Toyota, its suppliers and any other locally-based companies. Additionally, they may continue their education in engineering, technology or business or pursue employment opportunities in the open job market.

Prospective students will be accepted based on academic success as measured through grades, class rank, math capabilities and the ability to work in a team and problem-solving environment.

Participants must:

For more information, contact:
Barry Emison, Dean of Career and Technical Education
Office: 662.620.5100

Ashley Brown, Industrial Maintenance Technology Instructor
Office: 662.407.1407

Bethanie S. Humphries, Training & Development Specialist at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi
Office: 662.317.3312