International Spotlight Issue 2 Vol. 2017
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Welcome to the Summer Semester International Spotlight!

In this edition of International Spotlight, we highlight student engagement in learning abroad programs. Outbound students from Southern Crescent Technical College intern under one of the U.K.’s top chef-instructors and students from Lanier Technical College encounter German manufacturing and business firsthand. Inbound German apprentices called, “Azubis” are hosted by five TCSG colleges.

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Exchange Program with Germany Creating Win-Win for Georgia Technical Education

The Lanier Tech delegation celebrates international partnerships with Mr. Siegmut Keller (back row center) at the State Ministry for Education and Cultural Affairs of Baden Württemberg in Stuttgart.


During the 2017 Spring Break, 12 Lanier Technical College students and four instructors travelled to Germany to engage with international industry, education, economics and culture. The delegation learned about the dual apprenticeship model common in Germany, in which the majority of students enter a career through a formal apprenticeship with a company that also sponsors that student’s education. The German model has increasingly been adopted by countries around the world, including the United States. In Georgia, it is one of many apprenticeship models in the state.

The Lanier Tech delegation, which represented welding, allied heath, accounting and motorsports vehicle technology, visited a variety of vocational educational schools and universities. They learned about dual education and advanced training for nurses at the Hospital of Munich. At Ulm University they experienced a practical hands-on engineering university that works closely with industry in order to create innovative new ideas.

A highlight of the trip was a visit to IMS Gear headquarters in Donauschingen. The Lanier Tech students engaged in roundtable discussions with IMS Gear apprentices in business, manufacturing and engineering. Lanier Tech and IMS Gear in Gainesville established a similar apprenticeship program.

Also this spring, 12 dual system apprentices from Germany known as Azubis attended several TCSG colleges and trained as interns at some of the state’s international companies as part of an apprenticeship exchange program with TCSG and the Joachim Herz Foundation.

West Georgia Technical College, Central Georgia Technical College, Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Atlanta Technical College and Southern Crescent Technical College hosted the apprentices for two weeks. During this time, the visiting apprentices also visited the German-American Chamber of Commerce.

The internships were for up to 10 weeks at the German-American Chamber of Commerce, Atlanta; Jim Ellis Audi of Atlanta; Kuehne and Nagel, East Point; Kennesaw State University; Zwick Roell Kennesaw; Schaefer Container Systems, Atlanta; and Voestalpine, White, Ga.

The program, funded by and administered through the Joachim Herz Foundation based in Hamburg, was founded in 2014. The foundation saw that German dual system apprentices and American students involved in technical fields did not have the same access to overseas study programs as their liberal-arts-oriented counterparts. This exchange program is designed to address this need.

“Student apprenticeships are an increasingly popular and effective way to fill jobs for which there is a high demand in Georgia,” said TCSG Commissioner Gretchen Corbin. “As Georgia becomes home to more companies that operate internationally, it’s important that our present and future workforce have every opportunity to get a hands-on education.”
Lanier Tech student Bryan Sluder (Motorsports Vehicle Technology) learns about aerodynamics at the Ulm University wind tunnel.
Lanier Tech students Cynthia Deras Arreola and Jo Ann Salazar explore the city of Stuttgart.

Culinary Students Receive Michelin-level Training in England

Four Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC) students—Robert Cannon, Mary Holmes, Dominic Green and Tina Sweatman—recently participated in the culinary trip of a lifetime as exchange students at the Lakes Hotel School at Kendal College in Cumbria, England. During their month-long stay, the students learned how to prepare authentic European cuisine under top chefs in various local eateries including a Michelin-rated restaurant.
Southern Crescent culinary students (far left second row) Robert Cannon, (front row from second left to right) Mary Holmes, Tina Sweatman and Dominic Greene with Kendal College students and instructors. Chef Richard Axford waving (far left back row)


The students studied under Kendal College’s Chef Richard Axford and worked alongside Kendal College students to prepare food for the two college restaurants. “We had a chance to work on both the serving side and the preparation side of the restaurant, as well as the pastry and savory side of the kitchen,” said Dominic Greene. “It was an amazing experience and so different from my job working in a quick-serve restaurant in an American kitchen. My culinary skills were put to the test and it was a great learning experience.”
The Lakes Hotel School at Kendal College launched the career of hundreds of hospitality and catering professionals since its creation in 2004, with many of them going on to work in some of the finest hotels and restaurants around the world. The kitchens, restaurant and café all operate on a commercial basis, giving students the kind of real-world experience that prepares them for work in this exciting and challenging environment.
The four SCTC students each received a $2,000 scholarship provided by the Culinary Arts Advisory Committee and the Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation to offset the cost of the trip. The funds were raised at the SCTC Food and Wine Pairing Event held in April under the leadership of SCTC’s Culinary Arts Program Coordinator, Chef Patrick Boutier.
Student project: Lemon Coconut Tartlet with Grasmere Gingerbread Crust, Coconut Crisp, Passion Fruit Gel and Coconut Lime Sorbet.


SCTC Culinary Instructor Chef Barry Levey accompanied the students for the first portion of the trip. Chef Levey organized an additional one-day internship under Chef Leon Whitehead at The Moon on High Gate. Tina Sweatman stated, “Chef Leon shared with us the practical knowledge that goes along with owning a business and working in a kitchen and talked to us about the financial responsibilities of running a successful restaurant.”
The students all felt that their training in the SCTC Culinary Arts program sufficiently prepared them for the tasks presented on the trip. Robert Cannon said, “While we may use many of the same foods, we definitely noticed distinct differences in their cuisine. We loved the food, but as we neared the end of our trip, we were able to cook Southern comfort food for the group and they absolutely loved it!”
The educational experience abroad was not limited to the kitchen. During their trip, students were able to travel on weekends, including an excursion to London to see popular tourist attractions such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the London Bridge.
“Thanks to the remarkable hospitality and kindness demonstrated by the Kendal College culinary team, our students felt welcomed. As a result, their study abroad experience became a wonderful journey of personal discovery and growth, forever transforming their perspective on future life and career,” Chef Boutier commented. 

Southern Crescent President, Alvetta Thomas adds "Because of this opportunity, our students were able to gain valuable knowledge and self-confidence in the kitchens and classrooms at Kendal College while exploring the landscape of another country. Without a doubt, this experience will give them a tremendous advantage in the workforce."
Chef Axford stated, “It’s been a pleasure to meet and nurture the fantastic students from Southern Crescent Technical College. Their abilities must not be underestimated. To come to England and perform so well is a testament to the quality instruction at Southern Crescent.”
(Left to right) Tina Sweatman, Robert Cannon, Dominic Greene and Mary Holmes explore British culture at London’s Big Ben and Houses of Parliament.

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