Japanese-brand Automakers are Investing in the Future of the American Workforce

Japanese-brand automakers are deeply invested in the future of America’s labor force. Through manufacturing, R&D, design, and distribution investments across 28 states; auto industry and high-tech sector partnerships, collaboration with academic/research institutions and U.S. government agencies; and workforce development/Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education programs, JAMA members continue to demonstrate their commitment to the American auto industry and the automotive workforce of the future.

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  • The Mazda Foundation awarded a $150,000 grant to FUSE Studios, a high-quality and results-driven educational program developed through Northwestern University that aims to transform science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) learning in schools across America.
  • The Mazda Foundation gave Madison City Schools a $150,000 grant for a new college and career readiness program for underserved students called AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), a proven program in other school districts that assists students with study skills, academic guidance, career ideas, and help in arranging a campus tour.
  • Working in partnership with WyoTech (a technical training institute) and Zenith Education Group (a system of non-profit career colleges), Mazda has developed a certification course for automotive graduates to receive the skills needed to excel as a technician at a Mazda dealership. To support the program, Mazda has donated more than 20 vehicles, specialized tooling, and equipment, in addition to several current model year vehicles rotated out annually for current year technology.
  • Mazda-Toyota Manufacturing (MTM) collaborated with the Limestone County Career Technical Center to create a new course in advanced manufacturing. MTM donated instructional equipment to the technical center, and Calhoun Community College provided instructors for the course. MTM representatives also participate in the school’s advisory council.
  • Mazda Toyota Manufacturing (MTM) and Drake State Community & Technical College in Huntsville, Alabama developed a new advanced manufacturing apprenticeship program. Students will gain on-the-job experience at MTM while attending classes and working towards an associate’s degree in Applied Science in Industrial Maintenance.
  • MTM donated $750,000 to support STEM-related programs to encourage and motivate students to pursue a career in the manufacturing field. The company allocated $500,000 to the Huntsville/Madison Chamber Foundation to start a career exploration online platform to help highlight careers in manufacturing to students, build skills, and connect job seekers to opportunities. The remaining $250,000 will be split between six school districts in Madison, Limestone, and Morgan counties to advance STEM or career technical programs that align with advanced manufacturing.
  • Staff members at Mitsubishi Motors R&D of America (MRDA) participated in leadership training with Leader Dogs for the Blind. This event, which had them training guide dogs, helped staff better understand how to work with a team and be leaders themselves.
  • Nissan and the Tennessee Board of Regents joined forces to build the Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Murfreesboro’s Smyrna Campus and Nissan Training Center. The 162,000-square-foot facility with a total investment of $45.75 million offers programs to equip Tennessee students and Nissan employees with skills for successful careers in advanced manufacturing and automotive technology.
  • As part of its 27-year partnership, Nissan awarded the SAE Foundation a $100,000 grant to implement and expand the A World In Motion® (AWIM) program, which builds a foundation upon which students can achieve success and brings inspiration, accessibility and equity to STEM education.
  • Nissan, in partnership with Rutherford Chamber of Commerce, provides an externship program for K-12 grade teachers where Nissan invites teachers to their manufacturing plant to work alongside their employees. The program helps teachers to fully understand the skills and competencies Nissan requires at their organization. This opportunity provides teachers with a clearer understanding of what happens in the manufacturing plant and the numerous job opportunities that are available for their students.
  • Nissan donated 12 engines to Copiah-Lincoln Community College’s automotive technology program in Mississippi.
  • Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), in collaboration with Bridgestone and Nissan, created a Mechatronics Engineering degree program.
  • Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA) has partnered with Vincennes University and the Purdue College of Technology to create the Advanced Internship in Manufacturing (AIM) program to help bridge the gap between post-secondary educational opportunities in Indiana and highly skilled job opportunities in the manufacturing industry. After the completion of the internship, students are eligible to continue their education and earn a bachelor’s degree in engineering technology from the College of Technology, with SIA covering the cost of the degree.
  • The Subaru Technical Training Center in Lafayette, Indiana provides on-the-job training and partners with local educational institutions to expand employees’ access to higher education.
  • Subaru and Rainbow PUSH Coalition announced a new scholarship program for students in Camden, New Jersey who are interested in pursuing a future in automotive technology. The Subaru University Scholarship for Automotive Excellence will equip six students per year with financial support for an Associate Degree at Camden County College, as well as internship opportunities.
  • Subaru sponsors the annual Manufacturing Week for K-12 students in Lafayette, Indiana to learn about job opportunities in manufacturing.
  • Since 2015, Subaru has partnered with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to donate over 277,600 science books to schools in communities across the country.