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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

Olympic Community of Schools(November 12, 2013) 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. 

WHO:               German Embassy, Bosch Rexroth, CMS, Apprenticeship 2000 Charlotte Employers (i.e. Siemens, etc.), CPCC, Olympic High School Students

WHAT:             A 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.

                        German firm Bosch Rexroth will announce a $100,000 gift to help support the skills training of high school students at Olympic.    

WHEN:             Thursday, November 14, 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

                        8:00 AM--German Skills Training Session, German Embassy Road Show Team

                        9:10--AM  Bosch Rexroth $100,000 Pledge Announcement, Bosch Rexroth’s
                        Mark Rohlinger

9:15 AM--CMS Acceptance of Gift and Perspective about the Importance of Public-Private Partnerships in 21st Century Public Education, CMS’ Akeshia Craven-Howell

9:20 AM--Media Q & A Session and Photo Opportunity (Separate Area)

9:20 AM--Olympic Apprentices Tell Their Story (Seniors & Graduates)

9:20 AM--Apprenticeship 2000 Program (American Firms Offering Apprenticeships) 

WHERE:           Olympic Community of Schools, 4301 Sandy Porter Road 

WHY:                To 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

Embassy of the Federal Republic of GermanyThe 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 Charlotte. 

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 Schools

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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