BMW Doubles the Size of its BMW Scholars Program
BMW Manufacturing has been offering the BMW Scholars apprentice program for the last seven years, training and educating students so they can gain employment in the highly-technical environment of advanced manufacturing. Earlier this month, the company announced that it's teaming with a fourth education partner — Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood, South Carolina — and doubling the size of the program to 200 students.
BMW Manufacturing first teamed up in 2011 with three Spartanburg-area technical colleges to create the apprentice program: Spartanburg Community College, Greenville Technical College and Tri-County Technical College. Students in the program attend classes full-time while also working 20-25 hours a week at the company's Spartanburg plant. BMW covers their tuition and book costs, and also pays them for the hours they work and offer healthcare benefits.
In a press release, Knudt Flor, president and CEO of BMW Manufacturing, commented, "Technology is constantly changing in the automotive industry. Now more than ever, we must invest in highly-skilled workers who can solve problems. Investing in BMW Scholars allows us to develop a pool of talented men and women who will help sustain the future of BMW."
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