Coming from Morgan County, an Appalachian region in eastern Kentucky with extreme economic challenges, John Blevins was determined to not allow circumstance to prevent him from manifesting his dream of a successful career. Through Toyota-sponsored community programs and John’s resolve to leverage every advantage, he opened the door to endless opportunities.
In high school, John participated in Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a non-profit organization and partner of Toyota, that inspires careers in computer science, engineering and biomedical science. During a Toyota visit to his school, John was introduced to the Advanced Manufacturing Technician program (AMT), a two-year work and study program that includes an Associate Degree and a one-year paid internship with Toyota — an unconventional career path John had not contemplated.
“Growing up, I always considered a four-year degree to be my only option — that was until I was introduced to the AMT Program.”
At AMT, John was involved in inclusive, hands-on projects with professional Toyota technicians, learning about new technology, as well as The Toyota Way, giving John insight to Toyota’s innovative approaches and iconic culture. With his experience and understanding of The Toyota Way, John was offered a full-time position at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK), and within one year, he was awarded a Pilot position for Toyota’s new Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) line.
Exactly one year and two months later, John was offered another job within Toyota. This time, it was to become a Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) Seibi Technician, Toyota’s elite “SWAT team” of highly-skilled technicians. They are the first-stop for Toyota’s new and innovative technology around the world, as well as tech safety, troubleshooting and repair.
Now a Seibi Project Leader, John has been tapped by Toyota once again. John is currently in the Toyota Advanced Manufacturing Business (AMB) program — a four-year business management course offered to better-prepare leaders for Toyota. John will graduate this program in another year.