Thanks for a great 2019!

The past year was one of the most successful yet for the GACC Skills Initiative. New apprenticeship programs launched in New Jersey and Texas, GA CATT celebrated the graduation of its first cohort, and Michigan's MAT² Apprenticeship Program selected GACC Midwest as its program manager. The ICATT Apprenticeship Program also achieved record growth as well as industry recognition: Read about our banner year on our blog.

Before we move forward to 2020, we'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of the companies, colleges, partners, apprentices, and families who make these apprenticeship programs successful. We wish you a happy holiday season and a great start to the new year!

A few 2020 highlights:

  • January 7 - 10: Train the Trainer in Elgin, IL
  • March 19 - 20: Transatlantic Apprenticeship Dialogue Workshop: "Education and Apprenticeships," Chicago region
  • July 1: Recommended start date for 2020 apprentices

Kind regards,

Director, Skills Initiative & Apprenticeship Programs
Richard Wolf Medical Instruments Corp . was awarded the 2019 GACC Apprenticeship Award for its pioneering holistic approach to the development of apprentices, its great outreach efforts, and its structured project plans for apprentices. Read more in the press release .

Richard Wolf has been an ICATT Network Company since 2016, and its ICATT graduate Kevork Bardak appeared in our recent video from the graduation ceremony .

For more information about the GACC Apprenticeship Award, please contact Mario Kratsch .
We invite you to join us for our quarterly cluster meetings, where HR representatives, trainers, mentors, and operation managers at local colleges exchange ideas and best practices in implementing the ICATT Apprenticeship Program . This enables ICATT Network Companies to leverage their experiences, get to know instructors, and visit various training facilities throughout the year. Dates are still being determined.

Please contact Doris Bawa to register.
The Pennsylvania Department of Industry and Labor recognized GACC Pittsburgh's Pre-Apprenticeship Program as the Outstanding Pre-Apprenticeship Program of 2019! The award was given out at Pennsylvania's second annual Apprenticeship Summit in Hershey, PA, where apprenticeship stakeholders from across the country were in attendance. Read more about the program here.
The ICATT Apprenticeship Program would like to welcome Mauser Packaging Solutions to our network. Headquartered in Brühl, Germany, Mauser is dedicated to bringing sustainable, high performance packaging to companies around the world. They will coordinate with GACC Midwest , GACC South , and GACC New York to implement apprenticeship programs in locations across the country.

To find out more about the expansion of the ICATT Network , please contact Joshua Seeberg .
Upcoming Events
The first Train the Trainer in 2020 will take place in Elgin, IL, from January 7 to January 10. This 4-day seminar provides trainers with practical methods and tools to work and communicate effectively with apprentices or other staff. It is open to everyone who is interested in improving their training skills!

Please register here or contact Geneva Scurek for further details.
Sign Up: Transatlantic Apprenticeship Dialogues in 2020
GACC Midwest has scheduled the following Transatlantic Apprenticeship Dialogues for 2020. These are peer-to-peer knowledge exchanges between experts on both sides of the Atlantic, covering both the educational and company training aspects of apprenticeships.

Workshop in Chicago, IL: March 18th - 19th, 2020
Study Trip to Germany: June 15th - 19th, 2020
Workshop in Michigan: August 26th - 27th, 2020
Study Trip to Germany: 19th - 25th, 2020

Virginia Rounds for more info.
Event Recaps
The ICATT Apprenticeship Program was featured at the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association Luncheon on Friday, December 6, with a panel discussion on “Managing your workforce in a shrinking labor market.” Thanks to Darnell Kaiser, ICATT Graduate at Wieland Metals; Joanna Elliott of Antolin Nashville; Oscar Gonzalez, ICATT Apprentice and Paul Rimington of The Diemasters Mfg; and Tony Velotta of Scot Forge for your valuable insights.

Contact Sascha Kuhn for upcoming ICATT events.

Ted Lykowski is the new Company Outreach Manager for the ICATT Apprenticeship Program. Ted will be working with companies on evaluating the ICATT Apprenticeship Program and helping them build a pipeline of talent for the decades to come.

You can reach Ted at

Evelyn Seiler has also joined the ICATT Apprenticeship Program team, taking on an interim position of Applicant Outreach Manager. She has worked in community colleges for 13 years, with 10 years in workforce development divisions. We are thrilled that Evelyn will be joining us for the next few months while we search for a permanent Applicant Outreach Manager .

 You can reach Evelyn at
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