Lt. Governor Cagle Hosts 2nd Annual GA CATT Apprenticeship Signing Ceremony

August 15, 2017

ATLANTA, August 15, 2017 – Lt. Governor Casey Cagle hosted the Georgia Consortium for Advanced Technical Training (GA CATT) Program signing ceremony. Sixteen Georgia manufacturing companies signed their apprenticeship acceptance letter with twenty-one incoming high school sophomores who are part of the 2nd GA CATT cohort of Industrial Mechanics apprentices. This event was held to recognize the importance of workforce development through GA CATT, the first apprenticeship program of its kind for high school students in the United States. 

“It’s hard to believe that this program was only an idea on paper just a few short years ago,” said Lt. Governor Cagle. “What began with a handful of students last year has now grown to include 27 students across four college and career academies who are taking steps every day towards meaningful and rewarding careers. I want to thank our business partners, college and career academies and the Technical College System of Georgia for their unrivaled commitment to Georgia’s workforce development. Together, we are redefining the role of public education through innovative public/private partnerships that better equip our students for the modern, evolving workforce.”

Newton County College and Career Academy, Rockdale Career Academy and Griffin Region College and Career Academy joined Coweta County’s Central Educational Center in establishing their own GA CATT cohorts.

The apprentices were joined by sponsoring industry partners Bosh, FiberVisions Corporation, General Mill, Inc., Haver &  Boecker, USA, Michelin North America, Inc., Nisshinbo Automotive Manufacturing, Inc., Verescence, American Woodmark Corporation, Hoshizaki America, Inc., Norcom, Inc., E.G.O. North America, Kason, Yokogawa Corporation of America, Grenzebach Corporation, KCMA Corporation and Groov-Pin, who, in partnership with their local technical college, are responsible for the oversight of GA CATT curriculum for the duration of the three-year program.

GA CATT unites the Office of Lt. Governor, local school systems, German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S., Inc. and the Technical College System of Georgia. Beginning in the 10th grade, high school students now have the opportunity to complete their education with a high school diploma, German apprenticeship certificate and diploma or associate degree in Industrial Mechanics through West Georgia Technical College, Georgia Piedmont Technical College or Southern Crescent Technical College.

GCATT students begin their apprenticeship with a combination of traditional high school academic classes, college level manufacturing courses, and apprenticeship modules. Companies pay their apprentices a starting salary of $8/hour. By the 12th grade, students will spend 80% of their day learning at the manufacturing site, earning $12/hour. The German model has proven effective in developing high-skill talent, increasing student work ethic, and securing a professional career track at no additional cost for students or their families.

Lt. Governor Cagle is currently working with numerous school districts throughout the state who are interested in implementing their own GA CATT partnership. He is committed to preparing high school students for the high-skill workforce that awaits them after graduation.