Academic Outreach Camp Accepting Applications for Two-Week Summer Program

January 30, 2020 at 3:47 pm

For a 10th consecutive year, the University of South Carolina Upstate will give 30 local rising high school seniors an opportunity to apply science and math to real-world manufacturing and health care situations.

USC Upstate, in partnership with Spartanburg-based BMW Manufacturing Co., Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, and American Credit Acceptance, will host its Academic Outreach Camp June 15-26 at the George Dean Johnson Jr. College of Business and Economics in downtown Spartanburg.

Participating students will receive an introduction to a variety of operational improvement concepts, including Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma principles, statistical process control, value stream mapping, process capability, hypothesis testing, and analysis of variance, many of which are used by world-class companies.

Using catapults, toy cars, and paper helicopters, students will test various theories and learn to improve function, processes, and results. Daily camp activities will include computerized challenges, physical simulations, case studies, and teaching games. Instructors will emphasize refining and improving teamwork and leadership skills. Science career day discussions will enable students to meet with professionals who use these tools and skills as part of their careers.

Camp instructors are Lean Six Sigma professionals from USC Upstate (College of Science and Technology, Mary Black School of Nursing and the Johnson College of Business and Economics), BMW Manufacturing Co., Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, and American Credit Acceptance.

Applications can be submitted now through March 1 at The camp is operated without any cost to participants. Please note this is a day camp that meets 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Rising high school seniors in Cherokee, Greenville, Laurens, Spartanburg, and Union County Schools are eligible to apply. They must have a letter of recommendation from their high school guidance counselor or teacher, and a valid South Carolina driver’s license or permit. Students will also 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.

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