Wednesday, March 18, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM CDT
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Virginia Rounds
German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest

Opening Doors to Opportunities

How can educators enable high-tech apprenticeships?

Germany’s dual education system is well-known — what does it mean when it is applied to the US educational system?

Join our workshop on the role of educators in apprenticeships both in Germany and in the US. This workshop will facilitate peer-to-peer connections and best-practice exchange between experts from the US and Germany — connections that will support educators as they navigate the changing workforce and higher education opportunities.

We will be holding the workshop on Wednesday, March 18, as a virtual workshop from 10 am – 12 pm.

Speakers will be joining us via videoconferencing, and we encourage attendees to use webcams if possible, as we've found this encourages active discussion. 

Who should attend?

  • High school and college educators
  • Policy makers
  • Company representatives who mentor apprentices

Our featured speakers will be: 

  • Jan Künzel, Dean of Education, BBS Neustadt, Germany
  • Martin Niemeyer, BBS Neustadt, Germany
  • Karin Barthel, Chamber of Commerce (IHK) Stuttgart, Germany
  • Matt Erbach, Streamwood High School, Streamwood IL
  • Antigone Sharris, Chairperson of the Engineering Technology Program at Triton College, River Grove, IL


Following the workshop, join our Study Trip to Germany (dates TBD). Connect with German education and industry counterparts and learn how various institutions enable career paths through apprenticeships. More information coming soon. 

The workshop and study trip are part of the Transatlantic Apprenticeship Dialogue, a German-American encounter program with an emphasis on technical training. This summer, our focus is on cooperation between educational institutions and companies, as well as on career orientation in schools in order to familiarize students with apprenticeships.

For more information about the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, please visit our website

Click here to learn more about the ICATT Apprenticeship Program


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This program is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy through the European Recovery Program.