BMW Adds New Education Partner to BMW Scholars Program
BMW Manufacturing has offered the BMW Scholars apprentice program for more than seven years, educating and training students to help them find work in the highly-technical advanced manufacturing environment. Earlier this month, the company reported that it's adding a fourth education partner in Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood, South Carolina — doubling the size of the program to 200 students as a result.
BMW Manufacturing first announced the BMW Scholars program in 2011, in partnership with three local technical colleges: Spartanburg Community College, Greenville Technical College and Tri-County Technical College. Students in the program attend classes full-time while also working at the BMW Spartanburg plant for between 20 to 25 hours a week. BMW covers their tuition and book expenses, while also providing healthcare benefits and paying them for hours worked.
In a press release, Ryan Childers, Department Manager for Talent Programs at BMW, remarked, "Working with our education partners we are able to build the skilled workforce that BMW needs. Ten or more years ago, you might have a mechanic, an electrician and a robotics person all employed in a manufacturing environment. Now we need all those skills in one person. With advanced manufacturing and the new economy, that’s what the market demands."
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