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Cumberlands Business Students Tour Toyota Plant


WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – Twenty-six University of the Cumberlands business students toured Toyota Motor Manufacturing plant in Georgetown on November 29 for an unusual learning experience.

“This trip allowed our students to learn world class management techniques in action, and it was a supplement to what they were learning in the classroom,” said Associate Business Professor Chin Tan.

Though the trip was open to any business student, most who were enticed to take the journey were those enrolled in principles of management and strategic management business classes. Students learned world class manufacturing techniques such as just in time (JIT) technology, Kaizen or continuous improvement in Japanese, Zero inventory technique and QC or quality circles. Students also learned about the hybrid engines.

“The reason for choosing Toyota is that Toyota will be the largest automaker in the world surpassing GM [General Motors] in 2007,” said Tan.

According to Tan, the students were impressed with how efficient and effective the plant is in producing 1500 vehicles a day from scratch. He said that he plans to take students again if Toyota has any new developments.

“The students were really satisfied with the trip and many asked for employment opportunities while there,” Tan said. “It really opens the students to seek manufacturing-related jobs rather than service-related.”

University of the Cumberlands, located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, is a private liberal arts college in its 117th year of operation. Cumberlands offers four undergraduate degrees in 37 major fields of study, 30 minors and nine pre-professional programs, graduate degrees and certifications in education as well as online and accelerated, nontraditional programs for adults.