Toyota Donates Building to Education Center

The state of Kentucky is giving Boone County Schools an almost $7 million Work Ready Skills Initiative grant to convert a Toyota building into a high school.

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The Ignite Institute at Roebling Innovation Center is scheduled to open during the 2019-2020 school year. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

Toyota is donating its Erlanger Engineering Laboratory Building shuttered in 2014 to create a STEAM-focused education center. Kentucky’s education secretary says the state is giving Boone County Schools an almost $7 million Work Ready Skills Initiative grant to adapt the building into a high school.

“I applaud this innovative collaboration between Toyota and local education, business and community partners,” Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin says. “This project serves as additional proof that Kentucky is on track to become the nation's unparalleled hub of engineering and manufacturing excellence.”

The Ignite Institute at Roebling Innovation Center is slated to open for the 2019-2020 school year. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. Boone County Schools Superintendent Randy Poe says the school will focus on five key areas: biomedical sciences, advanced manufacturing, pre-engineering, logistics/IT/coding, and the building trades. Each student will have the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree while in these five areas prior to graduation.

For more information on STEAM-based educational programs, read this related column from PM.