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Start your future with the bmw scholars program.

The BMW Scholars Program, started in 2011, is an apprenticeship for students enrolled in two-year career paths related to manufacturing technology. The program offers the workplace benefits of a traditional apprentice program found in Germany with the additional advantage of tuition assistance.

BMW partners with four area technical colleges: Spartanburg Community College, Greenville Technical College, Tri-County Technical College and Piedmont Technical College. Students attend class full-time and work part-time at BMW Manufacturing. So far, more than 330 Scholars have graduated from the program in the areas of Automotive Technology, Equipment Services (ESA), Production, Logistics/Supply Chain Management and Computer Technology.

In 2021, BMW added two additional programs under the Scholars umbrella – BMW Fast Track and BMW Rising Scholars (for high school seniors).

 

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RISING SCHOLARS.

WHO?
Current High School Junior (rising HS Senior)

WHERE? 
Must be enrolled in a Career and Technical Education Center

WHAT?
lnterest in Mechatronics and Automotive Technology

WHEN?

  • Applications Open – Early Spring
  • Applications Close & Selections Made – End of April
  • Onboarding – Late August
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SCHOLARS.

WHO?
Beginning an associates degree or actively pursuing with at least 1 year remaining

WHERE?
Spartonburg Community College
Piedmont Technical College
Tri-County Technical College
Greenville Technical College

WHAT?
lnterest in Mechatronics and Automotive Technology

WHEN?

  • Applications Open – Early Spring
  • Applications Close & Selections Made – End of April
  • Onboarding – Late August
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FAST TRACK SCHOLARS.

WHO?
Completed an associates degree (technical field highly preferred) within the last three years

WHERE?
Any degree program that culminated in an associates degree

WHAT?
Mechatronics, Automotive and Computer Technology tracks

WHEN?

  • Applications Open – Early Spring
  • Selection Process – as applications are received (e.g. interview, pre-employment physical and screenings)
  • Onboarding – Late August

HEAR FROM US.

This picture shows Paul who works at BMW.

"High school seniors are chosen because of their strong potential and their good problem-solving and math skills. Rising Scholars is a wonderful opportunity for them to acquire technical skills in an advanced manufacturing setting and get paid to learn."


PAUL SINANIAN
Manager for Talent Programs and Training at BMW Manufacturing.

This picture shows Dennison, a BMW scholar participant.

"The BMW Scholars Program has been an amazing experience. Being able to work in a high-tech manufacturing environment and learn invaluable knowledge/skills, all while attending college for a degree is priceless. I had the opportunity to meet and work alongside fellow scholars from diverse backgrounds to solve complex problems. Later in the program, I was introduced to knowledgeable mentors, and they have led me every step of the way to become successful in my field."


DENNISON RIVERA
Current BMW Scholar.

"I choose the BMW Program because of the amount of on-the-job training that we receive while in the program."


JASON PERRY
Current BMW Scholar.

This picture shows Jacob, a BMW Fast Track Scholar.

"The BMW Fast Track Scholar Program is a wonderful opportunity for any freshly graduated student to gain some real-world experience and to get a jump start on their career path. To be able to take the skills learned in college and immediately apply them to your job is such a rewarding experience!"


JACOB MANNING
Current BMW Fast Track Scholar.

Locations available.

Our Scholars program is available at BMW Manufacturing, Plant Spartanburg in Spartanburg (SC).

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