USC Upstate and BMW Manufacturing Partner To Offer Academic Outreach Camp For High School Seniors

October 26, 2010 at 11:48 am

Spartanburg, S.C. — Rising high school seniors in Greenville and Spartanburg Counties, with an interest in the real world applications of mathematics, statistics, physics, business and manufacturing improvement processes, are invited to apply to the two-week USC Upstate/BMW Manufacturing Academic Outreach Camp, to be held June 13-17 and June 20-24, 2011. The camp will be held at USC Upstate’s George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics in downtown Spartanburg from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., but will also involve trips to the BMW Manufacturing facility and BMW Performance Center in Greer, as well as to USC Upstate’s main campus.

            For students with a demonstrated ability in math and science, this camp will emphasize how mathematics and science are used to improve the processes to build things like BMW vehicles and how other industries and organizations, such as health care, finance and the armed forces, use similar processes and tools. In addition to honing and improving team work and leadership skills, students will gain hands-on experience, from BMW managers and engineers, by learning and applying Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma tools through computerized challenges, physical simulations, process improvement case studies and teaching games. An in-depth tour of BMW’s manufacturing facility is included and students will even get a chance to improve their driving skills behind the wheel of a BMW vehicle at the BMW Performance Center. 

            “Once again, BMW is pleased to partner with USC Upstate to develop a curriculum to present students with real life applications that can help them plan their future career choices. Programs like these continue to support BMW’s ongoing commitment to education, particularly in the area of math and science, and will enable participants to learn professional skills related to lean manufacturing and management techniques,” said Bobby Hitt, manager of Public Affairs for BMW Manufacturing.

Darrell Parker, dean of the Johnson College of Business and Economics says, “This partnership will offer a high quality program that lets students from the Upstate learn valuable skills that can be applied throughout their career. Both USC Upstate and BMW want to be sure that the best and brightest students have opportunities to pursue their education and career in the Upstate.”

More information for applicants is available online at Students must submit their application, a letter of recommendation from their high school guidance counselor or teacher, their high school transcripts, and PSAT, SAT or ACT scores, by March 3, 2011. A selection committee will review all applicants. A valid SC driver’s license is required. The camp is free; lunch and snacks will be provided. Applicants may direct any questions to Donette Stewart in the Admissions Office at USC Upstate, (864) 503-5280 or