Spend your senior year of high school getting a head start on a career in advanced manufacturing. BMW Rising Scholars is a one-year pre-apprenticeship program that allows high school seniors to work part-time at BMW Manufacturing while attending high school and a participating Career and Technical Education (CATE) Center. These students will work 15 hours per week primarily at the BMW Training and Development Center.

Just like the BMW Scholars Program, Rising Scholars is registered as an apprenticeship program with the U.S. Department of Labor. After successful completion of the Rising Scholars Program, the students will receive a certificate from the U.S. Department of Labor and become candidates for the BMW Scholars Program.


Training for a BMW Rising Scholar.

Students are trained in the proper use of hand tools, power tools, and fabrication equipment to create projects that support their development in Mechatronics. Automotive students work with BMW vehicle systems to become familiar with our products. All students are under the supervision of trained professionals.


How do I apply?

Students should discuss the application process with the guidance counselor at their Career and Technology Education Center.



  • Full-time high school student at a participating Career and Technical Education (CATE) Center  
  • Student must take an interest in one of the BMW Scholar Program tracks such as mechatronics and automotive
  • Minimum 2.8 GPA required
  • Commitment to work up to 15 hours per week at BMW during the program
  • Participation in internal BMW Manufacturing training is required


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