LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Toyota is giving out $150,000 to eleven Kentucky schools to fund three new pathways for students, and although they're only in the seventh and eighth grade, they'll be able to choose to enroll in the classes that interest them.

The cash is divided among schools in Campbell, Harrison, Clark, Fayette, and Woodford, Oldham and Kenton Counties. The elementary schools will get $10,000 and the middle schools, like Oldham County Middle, will get $20,000 each.

“I submitted a grant into the Project Lead The Way corporation,” Oldham County Middle School Principal Alissa Richards said. “This is not my first time with Project Lead The Way. I had it as an administrator in a different district, and I saw the power that it had with my students there. When I became the principal of Oldham County Middle School, I wanted to bring it in. I just know how great it is for our students.

“For a middle schooler, that is huge."

Students can choose from a class called medical detectives, which will challenge them to dissect crime scenes, and computer programming classes.

“The following year, we will put in engineering, design and modeling, where they will create things with a 3D printer,” Richards said.

The classes will start next school year with hopes to grow the program in the future to help students transition straight from grade school into good-paying jobs in an industry that needs more trained workers.

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