Dmitry Kopytin enrolled in New Hampshire’s Manchester High School at age 16, he didn’t know a single word of English. After high school, he owned a computer repair/networking business, and when he relocated to the warmer climate of South Carolina, he spent time in the construction field completing building and remodeling projects. When the economic downturn of 2008 slowed that sector, Dmitry sought a different field. Manufacturing seemed a good match for his hands-on abilities, offering stability and opportunities. Through Greenville Technical College (GTC), Dmitry became a Certified Production Technician and later a Certified Siemens Technician, qualifications that helped him land a job at the Cytec Carbon Fiber plant. That initial college experience led Dmitry to want more, so he applied to become part of the BMW Tech Scholar program, a competitive option that allows students to earn an associate degree at GTC, Tri-County Tech, or Spartanburg Community College while working part-time at BMW. Dmitry, always one to take on a challenge, was accepted to GTC’S Honors program and was part of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society while achieving a 3.75 GPA and taking as many as 23 credit hours a semester toward a degree that emphasized mechatronics, industrial electricity, and production technology. Thanks to strong grades and excellent job performance, Dmitry was offered a full-time position with BMW when he graduated. He went to work as an equipment service associate, responsible for keeping robots, conveyors and other equipment up and running. Recently, Dmitry was promoted to a new role, joining BMW’s Talent Programs Department as a Tech Scholar Supervisor. In this position, he works with future BMW Tech Scholar associates, encouraging them as they study and guiding them from start to finish. In his 19 years in the U.S., Dmitry has gone from struggling with English to fluency, from college applicant to honors graduate, and from BMW Tech Scholar to Tech Scholar Supervisor. His willingness to take on challenges has led him to achieve, making him the perfect mentor for others working hard to succeed. Today Dmitry also coaches 3 Soccer teams ages 4-11 and is a GTC Mechatronics committee board member, Greenville Tech Foundation board member, and ECPI Mechatronics member.