German Apprentice Student Visits SCTC

Pictured L-R: Industrial Systems Technology Program Coordinator Johnny Dodson, Korbinian Weigl, Technical and Industrial Program Dean Alan Stanfield

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 March 31, the apprentices (known as “azubis” in German) will become interns for up to 10 weeks at different companies, with Korbinian traveling to Detroit, Michigan 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!”

“Student apprenticeships are an increasingly popular and effective way to fill jobs for which there is a high demand in Georgia,” said Gretchen Corbin, Commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia. “As Georgia becomes home to more and more companies that operate internationally, it’s important that our present and future workforce have every opportunity to get a hands-on education.”

The program – funded by and administered through the Herz Foundation based in Hamburg – was founded in 2015, when TCSG colleges hosted 12 apprentices.

This internship is funded and administered by one of Germany’s largest foundations, the The Herz Foundation based in Hamburg, which was founded in 2015 when TCSG colleges hosted 12 apprentices. The program offers an internship for trainees who want to gain on-the-job experience in the United States.