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will receive hands-on training three days a week while earning more than $17 per hour—and a degree. “We welcome the opportunity to collaborate and implement key strategies to engage, prepare and develop students’ skills in STEM subjects,” says Millie Marshall, council member and president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia. “Ultimately, our goal is to increase the number of graduates who possess the knowledge and skills to compete on a statewide and national level for stable, good-paying jobs.” These innovative partnerships play a critical role in ensuring West Virginians have the technical skills to apply themselves in a variety of STEM fields and take advantage of a variety of job opportunities in the Mountain State. “Finding and training new employees is no easy task for many of today’s skilled labor businesses,” says Michael Carroll, council member and vice president of Allied Logistics. “That is why STEM education is so important to the next generation of America’s workers. Not only does STEM education create an excellent job pathway for our young citizens, but it puts West Virginia on a level playing field with other states as we face the benefits and challenges of both globalization and a knowledge-based economy.” Collaboration between members of the West Virginia Council on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, West Virginia’s education system and business and industry will open doors of opportunity for thousands of young West Virginians and enable them to take advantage of the growing opportunities being created for them. “Our state has unprecedented opportunities for our young people today and for decades ahead,” says Tomblin. “We are preparing our children for tomorrow’s jobs and for a brighter future. Our young people will become the leaders of tomorrow who will help drive our state’s competitiveness by generating new ideas, new jobs and new investment, thereby ensuring the Mountain State remains strong and viable for generations to come.”  74 west virginia executive