This week, Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC) welcomed German Apprentice students Carolin Nagel and Max Neumann to our campus. While in the United States, they will spend two weeks studying and attending classes at SCTC and touring local manufacturing and industrial facilities.
Max and Carolin are two of fifteen apprentices hosted by six Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) colleges. Following their two weeks at SCTC, the apprentices (known as “azubis” in German) will become interns for eight weeks at different companies, with Max traveling to Newnan and Carolin continuing in Atlanta. During their stay, apprentices will study and intern with programs and companies that complement their chose field of study. Max has been studying in the Industrial Systems program and Carolin has been working with the Graphic Design program.
Carolin 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 during my stay and am excited to visit 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 Max and Carolin to our business and industry partners and having them as guests in our classes. We are teaching them the Southern Crescent way and even served them 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 Matt Arthur, 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. The program offers an internship for trainees who want to gain on-the-job experience in the United States.