Press Release

Atlanta Technical College students and faculty head to Germany for International Exchange Program  

The fourteen Atlanta Technical College (ATC) students and five faculty members selected for the 2012 Halle International Exchange program will depart September 15 for a two-week educational and cultural experience in Germany. While in Detmold, Germany, the group will meet with the Prince and Princess of Lippe, the Mayor of Detmold, and members of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  In Addition, they will attend classes at Felix Fechenbach-Berufskolleg and participate in internships at leading Germany companies.

ATC’s exchange students, who represent a variety of career disciplines including culinary arts, carpentry, business management, accounting, early childhood education, tourism management and marketing, will be paired with students from Felix Fechenbach-Berufskolleg who are studying in the same disciplines. Together they will take part in specialized classes, tours, and internships. The American students will be completely immersed in German culture as they live, work, and study with their student hosts during the two-week stay. The ATC faculty will also be paired with German hosts and will study the German technical college system and its impact on workforce development.

The Halle International Exchange between ATC and Felix Fechenbach-Berufskolleg began in 1998. Since that time, nearly 200 students 60 faculty have participated in the program.  The exchange program is funded by The Halle Foundation, The Atlanta Technical College Foundation, and by contributions from Atlanta-based corporations.

In February 2013, students and faculty from Felix Fechenbach-Berufskolleg will spend two weeks in Atlanta, studying on ATC’s campus and participating in mini-internships with Atlanta companies.