Academic Outreach Camp Accepting Applications for Two-Week Summer Program

March 6, 2017 at 12:15 pm

From exploring manufacturing production processes and healthcare quality outcomes, to driving high-performance BMWs, 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., Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, and American Credit Acceptance.

Applications will be available online at and will be accepted through March 15, 2017. Camp will be held June 19-23 and June 26-30 at USC Upstate’s George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics, located in downtown Spartanburg. Applicants must attend both weeks of camp. The Academic Outreach Camp is operated without any cost to participants.

Interested applicants must be a rising high school senior in Cherokee, Greenville, Laurens, Spartanburg, and Union 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 camp instructors are Lean Six Sigma professionals from USC Upstate (Engineering Technology Management program, Mary Black School of Nursing and the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics) BMW Manufacturing, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, and American Credit Acceptance.

For more information, contact Tim Ellis at (864) 552-4235 or Additional information may also be found at