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BMW program introduces Upstate students to advanced manufacturing

As the skills gap continues to loom over American industry, BMW Manufacturing Co. in Spartanburg County is launching a new program to introduce Upstate students to advanced manufacturing.

The “Driving Stem” program, which runs through October, provides middle and high school students with an inside look at how the German-based manufacturer builds vehicles using robotics and other advanced manufacturing techniques, according to a news release.

“If we’re going to develop the future workforce, we need to expose young people to advanced manufacturing careers early,” said Ryan Childers, department manager for talent programs at BMW, in the release. “A program like Driving STEM will give them a glimpse of an exciting and high-tech manufacturing career.”

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