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BMW Manufacturing recently announced the graduation of its fifth class of BMW Scholars.
"Developing the future workforce is critical to the continued growth and success of our company," said Manfred Erlacher, president and CEO of BMW Manufacturing. "The BMW Scholars Program plays a key role in keeping this plant competitive. Each one of these talented new associates will be important to the daily operation and long-term success of our company."
The South Carolina plant launched the BMW Scholars Program in August 2011 in partnership with three local technical colleges: Spartanburg Community College, Greenville Technical College, and Tri-County Technical College. The two-year program is similar to the traditional apprentice program found in Germany with the additional advantage of tuition and book assistance. Students in the program must enroll in one of four work/study areas: automotive technology, equipment services, production, or logistics/supply chain management. With this most recent class, 108 BMW Scholars have graduated in the past five years, and all scholars have been offered employment at BMW Manufacturing.
"We are grateful for the support and commitment of our technical college partners, who are vital to the success of the BMW Scholars Program," said Johannes Trauth, vice president of Human Resources. "This program continues to be an excellent example of how collaboration between the business and educational sectors can ensure that advanced manufacturing remains a key driver for our state in years to come."
Those interested in the BMW Scholars Program should contact one of the technical college partners in the Upstate:
- Spartanburg Community College: Jennifer Little at (864) 592-4808;
- Greenville Technical College: Sandra Hartsell at (864) 250-8049 or Lori Hoyer at (864) 236-6470;
- Tri-County Technical College: Cheryl Garrison at (864) 646-1573.