From the front lines of the emergency room to commanding a boardroom you can find successful Spartanburg Community College alums all over the world. The Spartanburg Community College Foundation, who supports SCC students, faculty and staff through scholarships, grants, and more, catches up with former students in the Alumni Spotlight series.
Meet Maria Puckett, SCC Alum and one of the first of four women ESAs (Equipment Services Associates) to graduate through the BMW Technical Scholars Program. Since graduating SCC, she even spoke at a roundtable addressing POTUS and the Chancellor of Germany.
When did you graduate SCC and what degree(s)/certificates did you earn?MARIA: I graduated SCC June of 2017 with my Associate degree in Electronic Engineering Technologies.
Q: Where are you from originally and where do you live now?M:
I moved to Laurens with my family from Virginia when I was ten,
graduated from Laurens High School, and moved to Spartanburg to attend
Q: What kind of student were you?M: I loved learning and
still do. I did my best to stay on top of all of my assignments,
establish good relationships with my teachers and staff on campus.
Q: How did your experience at SCC prepare you for your career?M:
Along with taking classes that closely related to my career, SCC also
prepared me for my career in others ways such as organizing a strong
resume, networking, and communication skills.
Q: Did a particular faculty or staff member leave a lasting impression on you?M:
Jennifer Little, Director of Career Services, has always made an
impression on me from the first day I had the opportunity to work with
her. She was always available to help me in any way she could and if she
didn’t have an answer for me, she was sure to find one. I firmly
believe that she played a major role in helping me obtain my career
Q: What is your fondest memory of SCC?M: My fondest memory
would have to be when I performed at the CMT empowering education event
that SCC held in March 24, 2017. Not only did I get to participate in
the student panel, but also I was the opening act for Courtney Cole. I
couldn’t be more grateful to have experienced both.
Q: What is your current job and what duties are included?M:
Since graduation, I have been blessed with a job at BMW as one of the
first four women ESAs (Equipment Service Associates) to complete the BMW
Technical Scholars Program. As an ESA, I’m in charge of maintenance on
the production line. This includes working with all and learning all
technologies we have out on the floor in order to build the Ultimate
Driving Machine. Some of these technologies include working with robots,
PLC (Programmable Logic Controllers) programming, and warm and cold
joining, just to name a few. Every day I am working to learn as much as
possible so that I can continue to grow and further myself within the
Q: Describe your company, i.e. what it does, number of employees, location, etc.M:
At BMW, we build the highest quality car and ultimate driving machine.
We supply the world with our X models, offer the state countless job
opportunities both directly and indirectly, have thousands of employees,
and are located right here in Greer, SC.
Q: What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment?M:
I feel like my biggest accomplishment was being able to represent BMW
and SCC by speaking on behalf of the internships and related programs at
a round table meeting at the White House and addressing our President
of the United States and the Chancellor of Germany.
Q: How do you spend your leisure time? Any hobbies?M:
I spend my leisure time covering songs, writing songs, working on my
upcoming album, kickboxing, weight training, reading books on
self-development, training and nutrition, communication, and business,
and venturing out to learn new things such as golf at the moment. I’m
constantly doing my best to learn new things and build new networks.
Q: List any family information you would like included.M:
I want to thank my family and my amazing boyfriend for all of their
support. It takes a lot of patience and understanding to put up with me
and the fact that I am constantly on a mission to better myself and my
ability to grow and succeed. Having them support and encourage my
“constantly on the go to grow” personality really does make all the
difference to me being able to do as well as I do and it reminds me that
I do have people that are watching, that do believe in me, and I show
them that they do have someone to believe in by believing in myself and
obtaining my goals.
Q: Do you have any community or civic involvement?M:
I do my best to be involved in my community by participating in local
charities or fundraisings. For example, last year I participated in the
Best Singer in the State competition and the community raised money to
support the music program for a local school in the upstate. I love
giving back, which is why I am proud to be a part of the SCC Foundation
board because SCC has really helped me grow and I would love to have the
opportunity to impact and do the same for future students and
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