2013 GACC South Travels to Germany: Part 1

Written by: Stefanie Jehlitschka

Going to Germany is a pretty routine order of business for me at the GACC South.

Over the years, I’ve noticed that there is always something to learn while overseas, and my latest venture proved to be no exception.

Earlier this month, I joined 9 members from Florida’s business, education, and political communities on a five-day trip to assist in their study of the Germany’s “dual vocational training system”.

While in Germany we visited two vocational training colleges and five companies to identify and gain an authentic account of the best practices to build a sustainable workforce that is best suited to meet businesses’ needs.


Students refine their technical skills at the training college.

Through the close contacts of the GACC South, the list of companies the delegation was hosted by included: Bauer AG, BMW AG, Grenzebach Maschinenbau GmbH, Seidenander Maschinenbau GmbH, and Siemens AG.

This visit was my first occasion to accompany an American delegation to Germany but despite a pretty set business agenda, I was able to make the visit feel a bit more like home by translating dinner menus and showing off German culture through visiting a monastery in Scheyern.


Experiencing Germany’s vocational training system and climate.

As we explored opportunities to expand German-American cooperation in workforce development, the delegation also experienced five days’ worth of snow – which must have been somewhat unusual for our Florida guests.


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