STEELE CREEK NEWS
German Embassy Six City National Tour Stops at Olympic High
The Exporting of Skills Training for
American Youth and $100,000 Gift to Local High School
With 4 Million jobs
remaining unfilled in the U.S. due to a scarcity of skilled workers,
the German Embassy has embarked on an American tour of six cities to
share their country’s best practice of intentionally training their
youth for the jobs of the 21st century which has resulted
in reducing the German unemployment rate since the Great recession
of 2008. About 200 German businesses employ 5,000 people in the
Charlotte region, including prestigious multinationals like Siemens,
Daimler, Bosch, and Bosch Rexroth.
Embassy, Bosch Rexroth, CMS, Apprenticeship 2000 Charlotte Employers
(i.e. Siemens, etc.), CPCC, Olympic High School Students
German student apprentice, educator, and trainer will discuss their
country’s “dual” education system which features the strategy of
providing teenagers apprenticeship while in school to help them
transition into becoming successful, contributing adults.
firm Bosch Rexroth will announce a $100,000 gift to help support the
skills training of high school students at Olympic.
Thursday, November 14, 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
AM--German Skills Training Session, German Embassy Road Show Team
9:10--AM Bosch Rexroth $100,000 Pledge
Announcement, Bosch Rexroth’s
Acceptance of Gift and Perspective about the Importance of
Public-Private Partnerships in 21st Century Public
Education, CMS’ Akeshia Craven-Howell
Q & A Session and Photo Opportunity (Separate Area)
Apprentices Tell Their Story (Seniors & Graduates)
9:20 AM--Apprenticeship 2000 Program (American Firms
WHERE: Olympic Community of Schools, 4301 Sandy Porter
inform American students, professionals, politicians and legislators
about the German best practice of intentionally training its youth
with skills that make them well qualified to succeed in the
workplace and life.
About German Embassy Road Show
Event at Olympic
The German “Skills Training Road Show” will visit six
American cities and is designed to illustrate the German model of
vocational training by bringing its three main stakeholders to the
stage: the trainee, the company’s trainer, and the educator from the
vocational school. In Germany, the private and public sectors share
responsibility for workforce training. The private and public
sectors work hand-in-hand to develop a coherent curriculum and
provide optimal training facilities – always bearing in mind the
real-world requirements of business. The result is a workforce that
is well qualified to succeed and a low unemployment rate.
Olympic High School was chosen as one of the stops in
America because of its innovative work with European firms (i.e.,
Siemens, Bosch Rexroth; Chiron, Pfaff, etc.) and CPCC to establish a
similar youth skills training program which embraces the German
model. The model at Olympic has received significant national media
attention as well as visits from “think tank” researchers and a team
from the U.S. Congress.
As part of the Embassy Skills Training Program on
Thursday, German firm Bosch Rexroth will announce a $100,000 gift of
machinery to help better train and prepare Olympic students with
vital 21st century skills that are in short supply.
Additionally, Akeshia Craven-Howell, CMS Executive Director of
Transformation and School Re-Design, will share the school
district’s perspective about the importance of expanding
public-private partnerships so students are prepared for the demands
of a dynamic 21st century workplace.
From November 13-20, a German Embassy team will drive
from city to city, state to state, while meeting with a diverse
group of professionals and high school students, all of whom are
interested in learning about the Skills Initiative. The Embassy team
will be joined by three veterans of dual training programs in
Germany. Norbert Fuhrmann, a teacher from Germany, Josh Moon, a
trainer from US-based German chainsaw manufacturer Stihl Inc. USA of
Virginia, and his trainee, Daniel Swartzel will participate in the
events and share their own experiences with skills training.
Additionally, students & graduates from Olympic who are presently
engaged in similar programs will share their experiences with high
school students being recruited as apprenticeship candidates in
The Road Show team will start out in Atlanta with a
round table discussion at the German American Chamber of Commerce.
The team will then meet with high school students who are interested
in the German style dual training program. Charlotte, North Carolina
will be the next stop, and the team will continue heading north from
there towards Arlington, VA, Indianapolis, IN and Pittsburgh, PA. By
November 20, the team will make it to Newark, NJ.
About The Olympic Community of
The Olympic Community of
Schools consists of five autonomous theme-based high schools housed
within Olympic High School campus, and it is part of the Bill and
Melinda Gates small school movement. The five schools are: School
of Global Studies and Economics; Renaissance School; Biotechnology,
Health and Public Administration; School of International Business
and Communications Studies; and the School of Math, Engineering,
Technology and Science. The Olympic small schools are committed to
providing students a high school learning experience that is
relevant and engaging. Since converting to a small school
operational model in 2006, EOC test scores have increased by over
65% at Olympic, and the small school campus has been recognized
nationally by corporate leaders like Microsoft for their innovation
and focus in better preparing 21st century students for
success in school, work, and life, as well as visits from “think
tanks” and the U.S. Congress for their collaborative work in
establishing themselves as part of the 21st century
talent pipeline with key Charlotte industry sectors.
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