May 5, 2017
AHK USA Skills Update

GACC Dual Apprenticeship Programs - A Revolution in Workforce Training

German American Chamber of Commerce's (GACC) Dual apprenticeship programs across the country are growing exceptionally. By this summer, GACATT will further expand to 3 more counties with the Industrial Mechanic Program and adding an Automotive Mechanic Program in Newnan. GACATT is following the successful path of the ICATT program established in the Midwest in 2014.

With our multi-company consortiums, the GACC give small and medium-sized companies the opportunity to grow a skilled workforce throughout the United States. We are proud to serve with customized and industry-lead programs that support employers of all sizes and in all regions. You can find an overview of our certified programs here.

Enjoy reading the latest skills news and updates. And if you’re interested in participating, we’re happy to hear from you! 

Nicole Heimann
Manager, Skills Initiative
GACC South
 4 New Companies Join ICATT
Bourn & Koch is a leader in gear manufacturing, precision grinding, and specialty machines and focuses on Precision Automated Machine Tool Solutions

Fibro Inc. is a leading global supplier of rotary tables and planetary systems since 1962. Their comprehensive range of table styles and sizes, along with the ability to produce "specials", ensures that they can handle costumer's applications.

Krones AG is a German packaging and bottling machine manufacturer. It is the world's leading manufacturer of lines for filling beverages in plastic and glass bottles or beverage cans.

J&M Plating provides plating and finishing services from two plants in the Rockford, Illinois area, including Zinc and phosphate barrel plating and finishing services.

Please contact us for more information.

Join the New ICATT Cluster in Rockford, IL
We are happy to announce that ICATT is expanding to the Rockford, IL area in cooperation with Kishwaukee College. Many local companies have expressed interest in a structured apprenticeship program with international standards. The first cohort of Industrial Maintenance Technicians and CNC Machining Professionals is starting in August 2017. If you are interested in becoming an apprentice, apply online under

If you work in a manufacturing company in the Rockford area and think that your company could benefit from an apprenticeship program, please contact us for more information.
Join the New GACATT Clusters in Georgia

GACATT will expand this summer, and will soon be available for interested companies in the regions of Covington, Conyers and Griffin.

The new clusters will offer the Industrial Maintenance Technician occupational profile. The project is still open for new employers to join. We look forward to working with you. If you are interested, please contact us.

Students Can Kickstart their Careers - Applications are Open!
Apprenticeships in manufacturing are gaining more and more popularity as a career choice. Our skills teams inform young adults about their exciting options at Open House Events, High School Presentations and Career Fairs. 

We would like to thank all companies that have opened their doors for interested students, all high schools that inform students about this opportunity and of course everyone who attended the events. 

If you haven't heard about the benefits of apprenticeships, or want to apply, please visit
Office of Lt. Governor Joins GACATT Meeting
Irene Munn, from the Office of Georgia's Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, joined the GACATT meeting in Newnan to see the tremendous growth of the cluster.

GACATT was made possible by passing Senate Bill 2, allowing high school students to dual enroll in college courses.

With the support of the Lt. Governor, GACATT will continue to help grow a skilled workforce for Georgia, supporting the state's economic competitiveness.