GACC Award

The GACC award  recognizes outstanding German subsidiaries that demonstrate excellence in workforce training by fostering advanced skills and competence development, especially in young people.

GACC Award 2015 “Trainee of the Year”

A.J. Scherman Named GACCs Trainee of the Year
Trainee Honored at the Seventh Annual German American Business Outlook

The German American Chambers of Commerce (GACCs) presented the GACC Award for Trainee of the Year to A.J. Scherman of STIHL Inc. The GACC Trainee Award recognizes outstanding individuals working for German subsidiaries who have demonstrated excellence in their workforce training programs. 

A.J. Scherman is currently enrolled in the four-year Mechatronics Technician apprenticeship program at STIHL Inc. in Virginia Beach, VA. STIHL’s apprenticeship program is adapted from the German model of vocational training. In this “dual system,” trainees split their time between hands-on training and classroom education. Scherman was one of only 4 to 5 applicants out of 300 who were offered a spot in the highly sought-after apprenticeship program. He is currently working on a project in STIHL’s Technical Training Center to upgrade and modify their Festo training simulators, which are used by certified Festo instructors for training the apprentices, engineers, mechatronics & maintenance technicians.

GACC Award 2014 “Trainee of the Year”

Nigeria Williams Named GACCs Trainee of the Year
Trainee Honored at the Sixth Annual German American Business Outlook

The German American Chambers of Commerce (GACCs) today presented the GACC Award for Trainee of the Year to Nigeria Williams of MTU America.The GACC Award recognizes outstanding individuals working for German subsidiaries who have demonstrated excellence in their workforce training programs.

Trainee of the Year Nigeria Williams is the first young woman to participate in MTU’s Skilled Metal Worker program. MTU America nominated her because of her strong work ethic and willingness to learn. She is considered a valued MTU America team member who comes to work with a positive can-do outlook and eagerly takes on assigned tasks with enthusiasm. Her leadership skills also directly support MTU’s core value of continuous improvement, and serve as an excellent example to MTU’s other apprentices.

Jury Members

  • Thomas Bals, Professor of Vocational Education, University of Osnabrück, School of Educational and Cultural Studies
  • Thomas A. DiPrete, Professor of Sociology, Columbia University; Board Director, CAPSEE (Center for Postsecondary Education and Employment)
  • Friedrich Hubert Esser, President, BIBB – Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training
  • Nakisha Evans, Director - Office of Workforce Partnerships, CUNY Continuing Education and Workforce Programs
  • Katherine S. Newman, Provost & Senior Vice Chancellor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Yorck Sievers, Director AHK Vocational Education and Training, DIHK – Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce
  • Richard Zollinger, Vice President for Learning & Workforce Development, Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, North Carolina

GACC Award 2013 "Trainer of the Year"

Mike Bryan (l.) receives the GACC Award “Trainer of the Year” from Caroll H. Neubauer, Chairman & CEO, B.Braun Medical, Inc. and Chairman of the GACC New York (r.).

For the second time, the German American Chambers of Commerce (GACCs) presented the GACC Award. This year’s award honors the “Trainer of the Year” and goes to Mike Bryan of Bosch Rexroth in South Carolina.

He has been a trainer with Bosch Rexroth for 36 years and has trained 769 trainees to date. His company is one of the leading specialists in drive and control technologies, employing 38,000 people worldwide. For over three decades, Mike Bryan has been giving guidance, sharing his knowledge and leading hundreds of young people on a pathway to success.

The nominee was selected by a jury consisting of vocational training experts, among them professors from Columbia University and Johns Hopkins as well as German institutions. Juror Kathrine Newman, Dean at Johns Hopkins University regarding her choice stated: "Mike exemplifies the role of a leader in the apprenticeship movement by bringing his foresight and expertise to industries and to the community."

GACC Award 2012 “Trainee of the Year”

Katherine S. Newman, GACC Award juror and Award winner Christina Chadwick at the ceremony on Dec 3, 2012 at Bloomberg

The German American Chambers of Commerce honored Florida’s Christina Chadwick with their first “Trainee of the Year” award during their annual German American Business Outlook conference in New York City on December 3, 2012.

By winning the award, Christina has underscored the efforts of German subsidiaries demonstrating excellence in building the future workforce. Christina was nominated by her employer Bauer Foundation Corp, which is based in Odessa, Florida. The company is a U.S. subsidiary of BAUER Group based in Schrobenhausen, Germany, a world-wide operating foundation contractor, designer and builder of foundation equipment.

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GACC Award 2015 "Trainee of the Year" Press Release