SC's Competitive EDGE: Distribution and Logistics

Technical College Provides Key to Technical Career

Although Robert Nabke already had undergraduate and graduate degrees under his belt, he realized he would need the hands-on technical experience provided by an associate degree to change to a career in advanced manufacturing. “It was humbling to realize that I would need to return to college for technical training,” he says. Now Robert is using an associate degree in Supply-Chain Management from Greenville Technical College along with the BMW Scholars program to build a new career at BMW Manufacturing Company.

The BMW Scholars program allows students to attend class full-time at local community colleges while working part-time at BMW in order to further their education, gain the necessary hands-on experience, and become viable candidates for full-time positions at BMW. During this process, BMW will offer tuition assistance toward obtaining a two-year associate degree.

The associate degree from Greenville Technical College and participation in the BMW Scholars program are providing Robert with a strong future.

Greenville Technical College: Supply-Chain Management Course

SAP, short for Systems, Applications & Products in Data Processing, is the market leader in enterprise application software. The system links all business processes together and provides management with information for decision making in real time. Understanding that today’s manufacturing success is driven by highly technical processes and complex relationships with suppliers and customers, Greenville Technical College (GTC) has fully incorporated SAP into the college’s Supply-Chain Management program.

SAP is used by diverse companies such as BMW, Milliken, ScanSource, Fluor, Hubbell, Bosch and Greenville Health System. This widespread use of SAP creates a variety of job openings for those proficient in the system.

Upon completion of these courses, the student receives a SAP University Alliance certificate of completion. The BMW Scholars program, an option for students in several manufacturing-related programs in addition to the Supply-Chain Management program, prepares students for employment and equips them with SAP skills.

Opportunities for those with SAP knowledge should continue to grow as the state’s economy flourishes.

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