Students invited to apply for unique BMW, SRHS camp

Published on Monday, February 8, 2016

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Students invited to apply for unique BMW, SRHS camp
Thirty rising high school seniors will have the opportunity to explore manufacturing production processes and healthcare quality outcomes, to driving high-performance BMW’s.

The students will have the opportunity to apply both science and math principles using Lean and Six Sigma tools to manufacturing and healthcare situations during a two-week Academic Outreach Camp led by the University of South Carolina Upstate, BMW Manufacturing Co. of Greer and Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS). The program is free.

Applications will be available online and will be accepted through March 1. Camp will be held June 13-17 and June 20-24 at USC Upstate’s George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics, located in downtown Spartanburg. Applicants must attend both weeks of camp.

A drop-in information session will be held on Feb. 23, from 5-7 p.m. in the first floor lobby of the Johnson business school. Interested students and parents are invited.

Interested applicants must be a rising high school senior in Greenville, Spartanburg or Cherokee County Schools, provide a letter of recommendation from their high school guidance counselor or teacher, and have a valid South Carolina Driver’s license or permit. Students will be asked to submit a copy of their high school transcripts with their current GPA. A minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher on the South Carolina Uniform Grading Scale is required.

Participating students will receive an introduction to a variety of manufacturing concepts used by many world-class companies including Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma principles, statistical process control, value stream mapping, process capability, hypothesis testing and analysis of variance.

Using catapults, toy cars and paper helicopters, students will test various theories and learn ways to improve function, processes and results. Computerized challenges, physical simulations, case studies, and teaching games are a part of each day’s activities. 

Instructors will place an emphasis on honing and improving teamwork and leadership skills. The students will also participate in math and science career day discussions and will meet with professionals who use these tools and skills as part of their careers.

Camp instructors are USC Upstate faculty and Lean Six Sigma professionals from BMW Manufacturing and SRHS.

Contact Michele Musgrove at 864-552-4176 or email here. More information is here.




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