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Want to make $17 an hour while going to school?

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GIBSON CO., IN (WFIE) -

How would you like to earn $17 an hour while getting your college degree?

That's exactly the opportunity Toyota is giving Indiana students.

TMMI announced Wednesday it is starting a new program called the Advanced Manufacturing Technician program.

Young adults can hone real world skills and not pile on college debt.

You may not know it just by looking at 18-year-old Sara Jenkins, but three days a week you can see her on the production line at Toyota.

Jenkins is one of the newest members of the program in Kentucky and now TMMI in Gibson County is launching the same initiative.

"The career with the highest number of unfilled positions nationally is skilled technicians," said VU President Richard Helton. "Students leaving this program will have a combination of high quality training and real work experience."

20 students will be chosen for the 2013 program.

Those students will attend VU classes three days a week and work at TMMI for two days.

They'll start out making $17 an hour and get raises based on their grades.

"They'll actually job shadow and be assigned to project in different areas of our plant," said TMMI President Norm Bafunno. "Working side by side with existing maintenance team members."

At the end of the program students will receive a degree and either go on to get an engineering degree or start a career at Toyota.

Best of all, they won't have loan debt.

"This is an opportunity of a lifetime," said Jenkins. "If you go to a traditional university, you're getting your degree, you're not working usually. You go into this program, the money you make at Toyota can pay for your classes."

Toyota has already started recruiting. If you are interested, click this link to apply. 

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