Our Apprenticeship 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 with Veka Inc., GACC Pittsburgh Chapter and our Eduational Partners are proud to introduce the German Style Apprenticeship Program to the Greater Pittsburgh Area. 

Our program has now expanded to include four different apprenticeship modules with twelve companies with a range of the IHK’s apprentice modules:

- Mechatronics Technician
- Polymer Process Technician
- Sales Engineer
- Welding (start beginning 2019)

providing skilled workers to Pittsburgh businesses and job security to local students. 

GACC's Role within the Apprenticeship Program

Read more in detail about what makes our Apprenticeship Program unique and special in our 





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. Upon completion, the apprentices will receive their journeyman paper's by the German American Chamber of Commerce, Pittsburgh Chapter which are recognized by the State of Pennsylvania and throughout the US.

Moreover, our apprentices will receive certification from CCAC and their associates degree (optional, with additional elective classes).

Further, they 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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