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BMW graduates 30 from Scholars Program, all are full-time hires at Greer plant

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Published on Monday, June 13, 2016

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108 BMW Scholars have graduated over the past five years, and all have been offered employment at BMW Manufacturing in Greer.
 
 

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108 BMW Scholars have graduated over the past five years, and all have been offered employment at BMW Manufacturing in Greer.

 

 



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The class of 2016 BMW Scholar Program graduates.
 

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The class of 2016 BMW Scholar Program graduates.

 

BMW Manufacturing announced Monday the graduation of its fifth class of BMW Scholars. The 30 graduates were hired as full-time production, automotive, logistics, and equipment service associates.

“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 Greer plant launched the 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 must enroll in one of four work/study areas: Automotive Technology, Equipment Services, Production, or Logistics/Supply Chain Management.

All 108 BMW Scholars have graduated over the past five years and have been offered employment at BMW Manufacturing.

Zachary Taylor, 2016 scholar and class speaker, challenged fellow graduates to "continue our hunger for knowledge and innovation. We must continue to move forward and ignite the spark of creativity. We must continue to improve our ability to produce premium quality and the Ultimate Driving Machine."

Students who are interested in the program should contact one of the technical college partners:

• Spartanburg Community College, Jennifer Little, 864-592-4808

• Greenville Technical College, Sandra Hartsell, 864-250-8049 or Lori Hoyer 864-236-6470

• Tri-County Technical College, Cheryl Garrison, 864-646-1573.

The factory produces all BMW X3, X4, X5 and X6 Sports Activity Vehicles and Coupes (and their variants) to more than 140 global markets.

 

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