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Georgia Consortium for Advanced Technical Training (GA CATT)

Manufacturers throughout the nation report that they lack a robust source of skilled labor, particularly in positions like industrial mechanics, electricians, and machinists.  To help fill the void, Coweta County industries, led by Grenzebach and E.G.O. North America, worked with a team of local and state partners to develop the framework for the Georgia Consortium for Advanced Technical Training (GA CATT).

The goal of the program is to help fill the skills gap through a formal apprenticeship program, modeled after the German system for high demand careers.  At the end of the program, students will graduate from high school with a high school diploma, college certificates that are stackable towards an associate’s degree through the local technical college, and (upon successfully passing the end of program testing) an apprenticeship certificate backed by the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and recognized globally.

The initial steering committee included the office of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, the German American Chamber of Commerce, the Technical College System of Georgia, Central Educational Center, the Coweta County School System, West Georgia Technical College, an industry consortium (Grenzebach, E.G.O., Yamaha, Kason, Yokogawa, Winpak, Kawasaki, and Groov-Pin), the Coweta County Development Authority and Georgia Tech’s Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

Through the efforts of the committee, in 2015 Senate Bill 2 passed both houses of the Georgia General Assembly (with unanimous support) and was signed into law by Governor Nathan Deal.  SB2 allows local Boards of Education the ability to award a high school diploma to students who dual enroll while they fulfill specific high school and college requirements.

Thanks to the passage of SB2 and the work done by the Coweta County steering committee, communities all across the state can take advantage of this unique program. Through the flexibility the GA CATT program offers, local businesses and industries are able to identify the critical occupations in their community and help design the curriculum to address those needs and train the workforce of the future.

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Associated Articles and Information:

May 16, 2016 – Lt. Gov. Cagle Launches Georgia Consortium for Advanced Technical Training Program Based on German Apprenticeship Model

May 16, 2016 – Georgia turning graduates into employees

May 17, 2016 – High school students of Georgia will now have access to German Apprenticeship model under GA CATT program

May 17, 2016 – With a desire to invest in the future of Georgia’s workforce, the Face of Manufacturing orchestrates the approval of the first German apprenticeship model in the U.S.

May 22, 2016 – German style apprenticeship to start this fall, many local industries to support the pilot programme

August 2, 2016 – Lt. Governor Cagle Hosts Inaugural GA CATT Apprenticeship Signing Ceremony

July 28, 2016 – German Apprenticeship System & Georgia CATT (video)

August 30, 2016 – German-style apprenticeships come to Georgia

October 5, 2016 – Woman in International Business Award presented to GACC South Vice President Stefanie Jehlitschka

October 15, 2016 – GA CATT co-founder wins business award

October 14, 2016 – GA CATT sponsors get first look at apprentices 

October 20, 2016 – Newnan draws German investment as apprenticeship takes off

November 12, 2016 – Blickle U.S.A. donates to GA CATT