A recent Forbes article on apprenticeships noted that most people prefer to learn not just by seeing and hearing, but by doing. This is especially true of the  Why Generation —Millennial and Gen-Z—both of whom believe that “experience is everything.” The learning-by-doing format of apprenticeship plays to their preferences and engages them at a much deeper level than lecture-driven training methods.

The German American Chambers of Commerce are here to implement these career opportunities for young people across the US with our programs and affiliates, including the ICATT Apprenticeship Program , the MAT ² Apprenticeship Program , the GA CATT Apprenticeship Program , the MAP² Apprenticeship Program , and other programs organized by the GACCs.

2020 Highlights you don't want to miss:

  • March 18-19: Workshop: Education and Apprenticeships, Elgin, IL
  • March 19: GA CATT Open House, Newnan, GA
  • April 18: MAT² Interview Day at Henry Ford College, Dearborn, MI
  • May: Window closes for reaching HS graduates
  • June 15-19: Study Trip: Education and Apprenticeships, Germany
  • July 1: Recommended latest start date for 2020 apprentices
  • August 25: Workshop: On-the-Job Learning for Apprenticeships, Metro Detroit, MI
  • October 19-23: Study Trip: On-the-Job Learning for Apprenticeships, Germany
  • November 12: German American Apprenticeship Conference and GACC Apprenticeship Award, metro Detroit, MI

Read more about these events, connect with our teams, and learn about the career path of a MAT² graduate from the perspective of a parent below.

Director, Apprenticeship Networks

Stay up to date on apprentice recruiting opportunities and knowledge-sharing events or promote happenings at your company, college, or high school by submitting them to the calendar.

For questions about how to use the calendar effectively, please contact Lee Wickham.
Upcoming Events
On this study trip to Germany, you will have the opportunity to learn from German counterparts in education and industry and exchange best practices for enabling career paths through apprenticeships.

If you can't make it to Germany, join our workshop on March 18 in Elgin, IL. Sign up now or contact Virginia Rou nd s.
On March 19, GACC South and Grenzebach Corporation are hosting an open house event for employers interested in the GA CATT Apprenticeship Program . Grenzebach was among the first champions of the pilot program in 2016 and is invested in spreading the word to local manufacturers across Georgia. The event runs from 10:00 am-11:30 am and will be located at the Grenzebach facility in Newnan, Georgia.

To learn more please contact Kevin Lister.
Joliet Junior College Expands the Chicagoland Network
Joliet Junior College  (JJC) in Joliet, IL, is the latest addition to the ICATT Apprenticeship Program. JJC was the first public community college founded in the United States. We are delighted to welcome the college to the ICATT Network as an academic partner to our ICATT Network Companies in the southwestern suburbs of Chicago.

Want to join the ICATT Network , or know someone who does?
Contact Ted Lykowski for more information.
Haering Precision Partners with North Georgia Technical College as Newest Member
GACC South is proud to announce that Haering Precision is a new partner in implementing the German-modeled apprenticeship program. Located in Lavonia, Georgia, Haering employs 800+ employees and manufactures a range of automotive parts from rotors and transmissions to steering and sensors. North Georgia Technical College has also signed their commitment letter as the academic partner for Haering and GACC South.

For more information, please contact Justin Haight .
Event Recaps
Federal Ministry of Education and Research , DLR Group and German Embassy Visit ICATT Apprenticeship Program
Officials from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) visited GACC Midwest, the ICATT Apprenticeship Program , and ICATT Network Company WITTENSTEIN North America to see firsthand how German workforce development strategies are succeeding in the US. GACC Midwest Chairman and WITTENSTEIN CEO Peter Riehle and the apprentices demonstrated how the program helps companies close the skills gap.

For more information on this visit please contact Sascha Kuhn.
The MAT² Student Interview Day on February 22 at Henry Ford College in Dearborn, MI saw over 50 apprenticeship-seeking students being interviewed with MAT² employers .
A separate session for 33 parents was held to provide more details about the MAT² Apprenticeship Program Involving parents is important for getting students interested in apprenticeships and helping them make choices about their careers.

For more information please contact Bernadette Duncan.
The ICATT Apprenticeship Program’s first cluster roundtable of the year brought forward many opportunities to exchange ideas and learn from experienced companies and apprentices.

Key Takeaways : Trainers and mentors should have enough time for training in order to make the program successful. Apprentices need a lot of practice to master all the skills they are learning and should not be part of production work.

Many thanks to Harper College for hosting the event and to everyone who contributed to the meeting. For more information please contact Doris Bawa.
Leaders in business, education, and industry, along with the German Consulate in the Dallas Fort-Worth region gathered at the Dallas Regional Chamber on February 25 to discuss how German-modeled youth apprenticeships can serve the needs of Dallas manufacturing.

GA CATT Program Manager Justin Haight held a panel on how to align the DFW academic and manufacturing infrastructures to deliver the high-skilled workforce that local industry demands.

For more information, please contact Justin Haight.
Jeanine Combs
Parent of a F ull-Time Mechatronic Technician at EMAG, Henry Ford College

Jeanine credits the MAT² Apprenticeship Program with helping her son Matt make the most of his natural gifts.

“I always wanted Matt to go to college, but I knew academics were never his strong suit,” said Jeanine. “He was always good with his hands, and he played some sports, so I knew for years that he was better at engaging with others when he was part of a team. So when I heard about MAT², I thought it would be a perfect fit for him. And it really has been.”

Read Jeanine Combs' profile and learn more about the benefits of the  MAT² Apprenticeship Program.
Contact us for more information
Virginia Rounds
GACC Midwest

321 N Clark St, Suite 1425
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 494-2163
Kevin Lister
GACC South

1170 Howell Mill Rd, Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 586-6839

Matthew Allen
GACC New York

80 Pine St, 24th Floor
New York, NY 10005
(212) 974-8856