Atlanta Technical College celebrated its 20th year of exchanging students, faculty, and internship experiences with Felix-Fechenbach Berufskolleg by welcoming a delegation from Detmold, Germany, this week.
Travelling to Atlanta again is the founder of the exchange, Norbert Fuhrmann. “The exchange continues because of how we planned it,” he said. “We started small, it grew, and it continues.”
Atlanta Tech held a luncheon today to officially greet the German guests. “It is an honor to be a part of the longest exchange of its kind,” said Dr. Victoria Seals, Atlanta Technical College president. “Each of you is part of this enduring legacy. In 2017 Atlanta Tech is celebrating our golden anniversary. We are 50 years strong, and our growth is due in part to this partnership.”
Paul-Simon Taddy, a German student, enjoyed the Southern cuisine served by Atlanta Tech culinary arts students. “This food is good,” he said.
During their stay in Atlanta, students will attend classes in shared fields of study with Atlanta Tech students who visited Germany in September. Faculty members from Germany will also collaborate with peers in their fields. In addition, the German delegation will visit culturally significant sites.
On October 1, 1997, Atlanta Technical College agreed in principle with the Felix-Fechenbach School to do the exchange. This was the first such exchange program at a technical college in Georgia. A formal agreement between the colleges was signed September 28, 1998.
The motto of the Halle Exchange is “Living, Learning, and Working Together.” The two colleges share fields of study, including Air Conditioning Technology, Carpentry, Computer Information Systems, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Drafting, Early Childhood Care and Education, Electronics, Hospitality, and Industrial Engineering.
In 2005, the exchange was officially named for Dr. Claus Halle, former president of Coca-Cola International and a native of Detmold, Germany, for his strong advocacy of the program and Atlanta Technical College. Dr. Eike Jordan is chairman of the Halle Foundation, which continues to support the exchange after the death of Dr. Halle.
For more information on the Halle Exchange Program visit atlantatech.edu.