About our program

With over 125 German companies in the Pittsburgh region, there is an enormous demand for skilled employees with specialized training and education. Following the completion of our pilot program, GACC Pittsburgh Chapter and our Eduational Partners, UCanB, CCAC, Bidwell Academy and the MAC Center of the University of Pittsburgh are proud to introduce the German Style Apprenticeship Program to the Greater Pittsburgh Area. Partners for the pilot included VEKA Industries, Seneca Valley High School, Rosedale Technical College.

GACC Pittsburgh Chapter collaborated with partners to develop a curriculum specific to VEKA’s job requirements and based on the IHK’s “Verfahrensmechaniker für Kunststoff- und Kautschuktechnik, Fachrichtung Halbzeuge” curriculum. Seven senior students began the apprenticeship for extrusion operation with VEKA Industries, the world’s largest extruder of uPVC profiles in January 2016.

The program has now expanding to include eight companies with a range of the IHK’s apprentice modules (Mechatronics Technician Polymer Process Technician and Sales Engineer (start in fall 2018), providing skilled workers to Pittsburgh businesses and job security to local students. 

GACC's Role within the Apprenticeship Program





The German American Chamber of Commerce, Pittsburgh Chapter’s Dual Apprenticeship Program has been registered by the State of Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor and Industry and approved by the Pennsylvania Apprenticeship and Training Council and the Federal Committee on Apprenticeship. The certification will be recognized on a state and federal national for the Process Mechanic in Polymer Technology (includes Extrusion and Blow Mold Operators) and Mechatronics Technician. Upon completion, the apprentices will receive certification by the German American Chamber of Commerce, Pittsburgh Chapter and recognized by the State of Pennsylvania and throughout the US.

Moreover, our apprentices will participate in the German IHK (Chamber of Commerce & Industry) final examination and upon successful completion they will receive the German certificate, which makes them employable beyond the US. We would like to thank our valued member Trustpoint.One for their translation services and support for our Apprenticeship Program!

Kick-off Event and Student Orientation at CCAC

What a great kick-off to the first semester at CCAC for our Mechatronics and Polymer Technician apprentices! A special thank you to CCAC's wonderful staff for organizing everything and all your help. We were honoroed that our special guest Dietmar Rieg, CEO of GACC New York, gave our students a warm welcome and some background stories about the German Dual Apprenticeship Program. All 17 apprentices were invited to the West Hills Center for their student orientation day to explore the campus and meet all other apprentices in their classes. The Apprentices work for 8 different local companies: Mine Safety Appliances Co, Veka Inc Quality Vinyl Products, rose plastic, Almatis Inc, Pleiger Plastics Company, Auma Actuators, Hennecke Polyurethane Technology and Ensinger.

A Glimpse At Our Apprentices

Read more about our Apprentice Chris at AUMA

Corporate Apprenticeship Sponsors

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