This week, Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC) welcomed German Apprentice Student Korbinian Weigl to our campus. Korbinian will spend two weeks studying and attending classes in the Industrial Systems program at SCTC and touring local manufacturing and industrial facilities.
Korbinian is one of 12 apprentices hosted by five Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) colleges. The apprentices spend two weeks attending classes and stay with a local host family. After his stay with Southern Crescent Technical College, Korbinian will then travel to Detroit for 8-10 weeks to intern with a U.S. based manufacturing company.
Korbinian stated, “I am excited to be at Southern Crescent Technical College and have enjoyed the American hospitality that I have experienced. I hope to learn a great deal while I am here and am excited to and see a different perspective to my studies. I am so thankful to Southern Crescent Technical College for their partnership.”
Mark Andrews, Executive Vice President at Southern Crescent Technical College and the person partially responsible for organizing the visit said, “We are having a great time introducing Korbinian to our business and industry partners and having him as a guest in our classes. We are teaching him the Southern Crescent way and even served him cheese grits from the Crescent Café!”
This internship is funded by one of Germany’s largest foundations, the The Joachim Herz Stiftung, which offers an internship for trainees who want to gain on-the-job experience in the United States. Azubis going USA promotes international mobility, intercultural and business exchange. It fosters cooperation as well as personal and professional development for the trainees and participating companies. The internship program started in 2014 and is organized in cooperation with the Bavarian Ministry of Education and the GACC South.
The Herz Foundation partnered with the Halle Foundation to co-sponsor the Global Faculty Development Initiative (GDFI) last year.
The Azubis Go USA program and the GDFI are part of ongoing initiatives by the Technical College System of Georgia to partner with the German-American Chamber of Commerce, our German and other international companies and Foundations, to increase awareness of and exposure to European-style apprenticeships and apprentices among TCSG colleges and employers in Georgia.