BMW and Motorcycle Mechanics Institute developo training alliance


Twelve-Week BMW Course Offered to MMI Students

Woodcliff Lake, NJ - April 18, 2006... Students studying to be technicians at the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI) in Phoenix now have the opportunity to enroll in a new BMW course, thanks to a new two-year agreement between BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) and MMI.

BMW has created an alliance with MMI, one of the nation's leading providers of technical training for motorcycle technicians, to develop a technician certification program. MMI students can enroll in this 12-week course to train on BMW motorcycles, including the newest models, the BMW K 1200 GT and R 1200 GS Adventure.

To facilitate the new course offering, BMW donated training equipment to MMI, including motorcycles, proprietary diagnostic equipment, a complete technical service library, access to BMW proprietary training web site for student use, BMW Motorcycle Training Curriculum, engines, specialty tools and lubricants. "The intent of our alliance (MMI & BMW) is to provide a direct route into the BMW Motorcycle Dealer Network for ambitious and talented motorcycle technicians." said Craig Czock, Manager, Aftersales of BMW Motorrad USA, the motorcycle division of BMW of North America, LLC. "Nationally, our dealerships are seeking the employment of BMW Certified technicians for their business growth." The MMI/BMW elective program is staffed with qualified MMI instructors, who themselves have been trained by BMW.

Students are required to have a minimum of 3.0 grade point average, a 95 percent attendance rate and a perfect driving record to be eligible for the course.

"There has already been a tremendous amount of excitement over this program among our students," said Bill Schuette, National Director of Business Alliances for Motorcycle Mechanics Institute. "This program should result in improved employment opportunities for our graduates at BMW dealerships."

At 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 18, MMI will provide a glimpse of the new course to BMW executives, which will be followed by a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony. MMI instructors and students will be present to discuss their involvement in the new program to date.