Academic Outreach Camp Accepting Applications for Two-Week Summer Program

February 15, 2016 at 8:30 am

From exploring manufacturing production processes and healthcare quality outcomes, to driving high-performance BMW’s, 30 rising high school seniors 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. and Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.

Applications will be available online at and will be accepted through March 1, 2016. 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 February 23, 2016 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the first floor lobby of George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics. Interested students and parents are welcome to attend this session.

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.

The Academic Outreach Camp was developed as a partnership between BMW Manufacturing, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, the Mary Black School of Nursing and the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics at USC Upstate and is operated without any cost to participants.

The camp instructors are USC Upstate faculty and Lean Six Sigma professionals from BMW Manufacturing and Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.

For more information, contact Michele Musgrove at (864) 552-4176 or Additional information may also be found at