Atlanta Technical College will launch an apprenticeship program with the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. The program was approved and funded by the U. S. Department of Labor and is part of Apprenticeship-USA. Apprenticeship-USA programs help businesses recruit, train, and retain highly-skilled workers. Apprenticeship is an “earn and learn” model, where apprentices receive a paycheck from day one, so they earn wages while they learn on the job. (Pictured left to right are Karen Deisberg, Halle Exchange, and Tamoura Jones, culinary arts and hospitality management department chair.)
“This is timely and strategic because it is a model that currently exists within the Technical College System of Georgia,” said Tamoura Jones, culinary arts and hospitality management department chair. “Our German counterparts at Felix-Fechenbach Berufskilleg, our partners in the Halle Exchange program, have this model. It is a dual-credential program where you get an education and on the job training.”
Two Atlanta Tech students will be selected to participate in the program. One will be beginning their basics. The second student will be one who has more training. Students were informed about the program six months ago, and on July 20, a panel will interview candidates who meet the qualifications for the apprenticeship. To be interviewed, students must have at least a 2.5 GPA, a resume, two letters of recommendation, a complete background check and earned the PrepCook Technical Certificate of Credit.
“The skills our students will gain in this apprenticeship will be internationally transferable,” Jones said. “It will grant them full-time employment, job retention, and opportunities for advancement.”
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