GA Trade July-Aug 2014 - page 3

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nMay, several commencement
ceremonieswere held at German
companies throughout the South.
Beaming graduates picked up
their certificates in IndustrialMecha-
tronics atMBUSI inVance, AL, and
Logistics at BLG Logistics. More
traineeswill graduate inAugust at
MTUAmerica Inc. inAiken, SC, and
VolkswagenOperations of America in
Chattanooga, TN. Theywill receive a
fully recognized certificate by the
DIHK/AHK valid inGermany.
Dual programsmodeled after the
German system range from one to
three years and are recognized as
such in various categories by the
GermanAmericanChambers of
Commerce (GACCs).We know that
both the education and technical
knowledge that these young students
received provide themwith the
necessary assets and skills to succeed.
In addition, the national push towards
vocational trainingwill help compa-
nies tofill the critical “skills gap”
here in the U.S.
Surely, German companies have
made a strong impact in the U.S.
Medium-sized and large businesses
that train in a variety of industries,
from automotive to energy, serve as
an integral component of a thriving
economy and encourage investments
inGermany and the U.S.
Together withGerman companies
throughout the nation, theGACCs
aremaking impressive progress on
many fronts. The dialogue on how
to train amodern, advanced and
skilledworkforce is ongoing in all
parts of the U.S.
In addition to several vocational
trainee programs in the SouthernU.S.,
theMAT² – theMichiganAdvanced
Technician Training Program – in the
Midwest is an innovative, industry-
driven approach to education and
industrial training supported by the
GACCMidwest. The programwon the
2014MERLINAward for Excellence in
Vocational Training and is set to
expand dramatically this year. The
GACCNewYork has partneredwith
the technical program Force21 in the
Northeast. This initiative ismodeled
to combine companies and educa-
tional institutions and spans four
years of training.
Themorewe collaborate, themore
we can achieve. I look forward to
continuing this exciting roadwith
ourmembers and partners and
seeing evenmore trainees graduate
in the years to come.
Sincerely,
Martina Stellmaszek
Applaudingand Supporting
Vocational Training Efforts
Cover page: ALTANACEO, Dr.Matthias L.Wolfgruber
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MartinaStellmaszek
President&CEO, GACCSouth
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