BMW Adds Fourth Education Partner to BMW Scholars Program
Since 2011, BMW Manufacturing has offered the BMW Scholars apprentice program, educating and training students to assist them with finding employment in the highly-technical environment of advanced manufacturing. Earlier in February, the company reported that it's adding a fourth education partner in Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood, South Carolina — a step that doubles the size of the program to 200 students.
BMW Manufacturing first joined forces with three local 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 and also work between 20 and 25 hours a week at the BMW Spartanburg plant. BMW covers their cost of tuition and books, while also paying them for hours worked and offering healthcare benefits.
In a press release, Knudt Flor, president and CEO of BMW Manufacturing, remarked, "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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