SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (FOX 56) – Toyota is giving money back to the community to help with future generations’ education.

“Today I am excited to announce Toyota is making an additional commitment 0f $100,000.00 to reinforce our support for JAG Kentucky” Mark Boire, general manager at Toyota Production and Engineering Center, said.

The donations are going toward, JAG KY, and Bluegrass Community Technical College Dual credit program.

“I am happy to announce a second donation to strengthen and support our Scott County students through a $250,000.00 endowment benefiting BCTC dual credit and middle college programs. This will help improve more students to have access to this opportunity” Susan Elkington, president, Toyota Kentucky, said.

The announcement came during a Scott County Chamber of Commerce panel. The panel focused on current Workforce challenges. Panel members included; Billy Parker, superintendent, Scott County Schools, Lynn Godsey, Georgetown-Scott County campus director, Bluegrass Community and Technical College, George Stafford, executive director, JAG Kentucky, and Susan Elkington, president, Toyota Kentucky.

According to the panel, one of the biggest challenges in the workforce is staff shortages.

“it’s all about communication right now, it’s all about trying to find out where this community wants to go, and what jobs are available,” George Stafford said.

Panelists said JAG Kentucky is one of the solutions, showing current students what the workforce looks like.

“Central to solving some of these challenges is supporting those organizations that provide more opportunities to students. Exposing them to career options. Letting them see what the job is like, and equip them with those job-ready skills” Boire said.

In 2019, Toyota made a funding commitment to JAG Kentucky to build its program at four Scott County schools. Scott County High School, Great Crossing High School, Elkhorn Crossing High School, and Phoenix Horizon Community School.

“This investment will ensure JAG Kentucky can keep growing and inspiring students in Scott county to do more and serve as vital workforce partners. Preparing that next generation for success right here in our hometown” Boire said.

Toyota recently announced, they are replacing a 35-year-old plant. The assembly shaft will be able to produce larger SUVs that are electrified. They are also going to have a hydrogen fuel cell that will be produced there.

“The workforce challenge that we are experiencing will not be solved without working together. For our success, it is important that we have a workforce, but the thing is, it’s not just Toyota that needs success in Scott County. It has to be the whole county. Our students are our future. Education is so critical to that” Elkington said.