Toyota joins AIM sponsors

Dec 2, 2005

Automaker Toytota has joined the sponsors of Kettering University's pre-college program targeting minority students.

Toyota Motor Corporation USA is a new sponsor for the Academically Interested Minorities (AIM) program at Kettering University for 2006.

The automaker will sponsor three students from San Antonio, Texas in the five-week summer pre-college program with a $13,500 donation. Participating students will be selected from Burbank, Southside and Southwest High Schools.

"Each school will make their own recommendation for participants and send those names to us in mid-February," said Ricky Brown, director of Pre-College programs for the Office of Multicultural Student Initiatives (OMSI).

The opportunity to recruit students from Texas is important to the OMSI department and to Kettering, said Brown. "We are increasing our efforts to recruit more Hispanic students to our pre-college programs, and to the university in general," he said.

AIM is a residential summer program for 40 students entering 12th grade in the fall. Participants attend freshman-level courses Monday through Thursday in math, chemistry, computer programming, economics, physics, and business management. Courses are taught by Kettering faculty who assign homework and give exams.

On Fridays during the program students are taken on tours of Kettering co-op employers to meet professional engineers and business managers. At the end of the program scholarships are offered to the students who rank in the top 15 percent of their AIM class.

To be eligible for the AIM program, students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in high school math, chemistry and English; two years of algebra, one year of geometry, one year of chemistry with a lab and two years of English. They must also commit to attending the entire five-week course.

Toyota's sponsorship allows the AIM program to recruit students from the San Antonio area for the first time. As the fourth-largest automaker in America, Toyota partners with organizations, schools, universities and other businesses to support programs that help build communities. Last year the company invested nearly $31 million in programs across the United States and have offered people the tools and training they need to make a difference today and tomorrow. Toyota lists diversity as one of its top ten business initiatives.

Toyota's plans to build a new factory in San Antonio could present a future co-operative employment opportunity for the three students from San Antonio.

Written by Dawn Hibbard