Atlanta Tech Hosts Global Faculty Development Initiative
(Pictured Left to Right are ATC’s Jim Gale and German faculty’s Christine March, conferring.)
Atlanta Technical College is hosting the Global Faculty Development Initiative (GFDI), a program that encourages collaboration and sharing of ideas between technical colleges in Georgia and Germany. The initiative is part of an ongoing effort to improve technical education globally by encouraging collaboration and team teaching.
The GFDI is co-hosted by Atlanta Technical College (ATC) and Felix-Fechenbach Berufskolleg (FFB) in Detmold, Germany, October 23-27. The program is in its fourth year, and is an extension of the Halle Exchange Program between ATC and FFB, which began in 1997. Named for Clause Halle, a former Coca-Cola Company International executive, who was dedicated to promoting international awareness and cooperation. The Halle Exchange has as its motto, “Living, Learning and Working Together.” Dr. Victoria Seals, president, will preside over the GFDI, which also includes group tours of the campus and team teaching presentations.
Norbert Fuhrman and Karen Deisberg of the Hall Exchange program will discuss German systems of vocational and technical training. Apprenticeships, the Georgia way, will also be presented.
On the final day, Halle Exchange student Patrice Marshall will make a presentation from the International Club. Foster Lester and Amanda Shoemaker of the Collegiate Leadership Academy will make concluding remarks and Kristie Boleman, president, and Reva Harvey, vice president, will greet participants as representatives of the ATC Student Government Association.