The college and car maker
are teaming for an effort to draw more women into manufacturing through
the BMW Technical Scholars Program.
Black, recruiting coordinator for SCC, said the technical scholars
program covers most of tuition and provides part-time jobs paying $10.50
at BMW's Greer plant for participants.
After graduation, students could be hired full-time by BMW or could start a career elsewhere making $40,000 a year or more.
The program has been popular, Black said, with the exception of one important demographic.
“We just can't get enough females,” he said.
shortage, both in the program and at BMW, has led the two organizations
to team up for a “Women in Manufacturing” event on Thursday.
said the event is the first of its kind and will include dinner, a tour
of the campus workshops and panels of current BMW employees. The idea,
he said, is to “change the perception that women don't belong in the
“There is a demand for female workers,” Black said. “They're needed on the front lines.”
lack of women in manufacturing is an industry-wide problem, said
Allison Grealis, director of the Ohio-based trade group, Women in
Manufacturing, which advocates on behalf of women in the industry and
helps with job placement and mentoring.