Atlanta Technical College Students Complete BMW MetroSTEP Training
(l-r) Ervin Nelson, BMW MetroSTEP graduate; Dr. Alvetta Peterman Thomas, president, Atlanta Technical College; Russ Lucas, vice president, BMW of North America – Southern Region; Darren Rumble, BMW MetroSTEP graduate; and Kris Odwarka, regional aftersales manager, BMW of North America – Southern Region.
Darren Rumble and Ervin Nelson, two aspiring automotive technicians, had always dreamed of working for BMW. On December 6, their hard work and persistence paid off. The two Atlanta Technical College alumni completed their postgraduate work with BMW and graduated from the BMW Metro Service Technician Education Program (MetroSTEP).
The six-month MetroSTEP is a manufacturer-specific training program that allows the graduates of the nation’s top automotive technology programs to receive postgraduate education on BMW systems. Once selected for the rigorous program, participants spend half of their time at a BMW training facility learning the BMW systems and the other half in the service departments of BMW dealerships applying their newly acquired skills. Benefits of the program are quite attractive, in that BMW pays for the tuition, curriculum materials, and most education-associated costs. Upon completion of the program, BMW works with the students to negotiate with one of 350 BMW retail centers in North America for a position as a service technician.
According to BMW North America, MetroSTEP has graduated more than 3,000 BMW service technicians nationwide since its formal inception in 2009. What’s more, over 90% of those graduates are still working for BMW centers.
The president of Atlanta Technical College, Dr. Alvetta Thomas, commented, “We are extremely pleased with our relationship with BMW of North America, LLC. The MetroSTEP is a glowing example of how the business and education sectors can work collaboratively to fill employment gaps in high-wage, high-demand fields. We look forward to our graduates’ successful tenure with the BMW brand.”