Welcome to the
4T Academy

Providing students an innovative education experience that couples hands-on learning with on-the-job training, while preparing for a successful and rewarding career.

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Are you interested in the 4T Academy? We’re currently accepting applications for local partner high schools grades 11 – 12. Get started on your path to success today!

Welcome to the 4T

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4T Academy at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana.

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What Participants are saying…

A high-tech, hands-on learning experience!

What students need to know...​

Get ready to do something big! This program combines hands-on learning and a cutting-edge curriculum all aimed at helping you figure out if manufacturing could be the right career path. Currently open to juniors and  seniors, students will study a custom-tailored curriculum in the classroom and work alongside field experts to see first-hand what it’s like to be a part of the largest auto-manufacturer on the globe. And, seniors receive a paid internship! Click below to start your application now!

4T helps change potential into POWER!

What parents need to know...

4T Academy helps give students greater visibility to career options within the manufacturing sector and the region. Whether or not college is in your student’s future, 4T Academy gives those who thrive in a technical, hands-on environment an outstanding opportunity to learn and earn before graduation. Innovative programs like 4T are vital to the success of our students, community and future workforce.

While an average of 68% of high school graduates enroll in college, only 38% graduate. The innovative program will provide an opportunity for your student to figure out if manufacturing is a part of their future career while still in high school. The tailored curriculum, hands-on participation, and paid internship opportunities will help to prepare your student for options that are close to home—whatever their post-graduation plans may be.

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Frequently asked questions and more...

The 4T hub

The name 4T stands for each of the founding school mascots:

  • Tigers (Princeton Community High School)
  • Trojans (Wood Memorial High School)
  • Titans (Gibson Southern High School)
  • Toyota

And, we’re growing! In 2021, we welcomed Southridge High School to join the team and starting in fall 2022 Bosse High School will become the fifth school to join the 4T family.

4T Academy is a perfect option for students who are interested in expanding their skills in STEM. This program will give students the opportunity to learn the basic technological skills needed for working in a manufacturing environment from line workers to managers and engineers.  

The goal is to help connect upper-level students in local high schools with career opportunities in advanced manufacturing. By collaborating with local schools, we are creating a workforce solution—but, more importantly—providing greater visibility to student career options and pathways in the region.

The 4T curriculum includes classes on manufacturing, engineering, computer science, precision machining, industrial automation & robotics, industrial maintenance and environmental sustainability. As a part of the 4T program, students will also participate in hands-on job training at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana.

Simply fill out and submit the application form linked below.

The augmented reality training area utilizes Microsoft Hololens technology that encompasses holographic images to help students learn how to install parts correctly. It combines standardized work and hands-on training into one process with state-of-the-art technology.

Individual lockers are assigned to each student to store their Toyota issued clothing, steel-toed shoes and PPE.

Tradiebot Virtual Reality Paint SprayVIS training offers students an inside look into other departments to broaden their knowledge of careers at Toyota while further developing their fine-motor skills and coordination.

The 4T Academy uses Oculus technology to deploy Forklift Simulator, which gives students the opportunity to experience and practice driving mobile equipment safely in a controlled learning environment again giving them more context to the manufacturing environment and career opportunities.

The 4T Academy classroom is a collaborative learning space where students study general curriculum and Toyota culture curriculum using active learning, shared workspaces, reconfigurable furniture and more.

In stations 6-15 students work through each training station to build the foundation for their senior-year internship where they’ll work alongside Toyota experts in the plant assembling Toyota vehicles.

The tool training area contains the building blocks of Toyota’s assembly process and is a replica of the fundamental skills training for new team members. These skills are essential for success when team members are moved to the production floor and are the basic skills needed to begin a career at Toyota Indiana.

Students warm up their hands before starting tool training. Here the emphasis is on dexterity. Nuts and bolts are picked four to five at a time and rolled into position for the student to place on a vehicle. This exercise helps teach hand dexterity for installing nuts and bolts on the vehicles. With over 3,000 per vehicle, being nimble is key.

At the moving line simulator, students become familiar with the most complicated yet well-orchestrated process in the plant—Toyota Production Systems, a world-renowned manufacturing philosophy. TPS helps Toyota establish everything from timing, line-side parts delivery, as well as Takt time—the amount of time it takes a vehicle to roll off the line. At Toyota Indiana vehicles roll off the line every 60 seconds. Now, that’s a lot of cars!