CPCC, IHK Karlsruhe Honors First Class of German Industry Certification Programs
CPCC President Dr. Tony Zeiss (far left) and Prof. Hans-Peter Mengele (far right) with CPCC IHK-certified job-training program graduates
CPCC and IHK Karlsruhe, a German regional chamber of industry and commerce, today recognized the first students who are nearing completion of CPCC’s IHK-certified job-training programs. CPCC and IHK Karlsruhe leaders, including Prof. Hans-Peter Mengele, CEO, Karlsruhe Chamber of Industry and Commerce, met the students, signed commemorative certificates and toured CPCC’s high-tech advanced manufacturing learning labs, located in the Advanced Technologies Center on its Central Campus.
In attendance were Dr. Tony Zeiss, president, CPCC, and Prof. Hans-Peter Mengele, CEO, for IHK Karlsruhe.
The partnership is the result of a cooperative education agreement that CPCC signed in April 2012 with IHK Karlsruhe, making CPCC the first U.S. community college to offer IHK-certified job-training programs. Starting in August 2012, CPCC students began taking classes leading to IHK-endorsed certificates in three programs – Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) Technology, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machining Technology and Energy Management. The college believes these German certifications will make CPCC students and the Charlotte region more attractive to German and other European companies.
CPCC’s goal is to match job training in Germany so closely that a student can start his/her studies in Germany in these subject areas and complete them at CPCC or vice-versa. Students completing these programs will earn the equivalent of an IHK specialist certification.
Currently, there are 58 German companies based in or near Karlsruhe that have Charlotte-area operations. Overall, there are approximately 200 German companies with facilities in the Charlotte region and about 500 in the Carolinas. The 200 German companies in the Charlotte region employ approximately 2,800 people.
“European companies, particularly those from Germany, now know Charlotte can provide a workforce trained to their exact specifications. We think this gives Charlotte and CPCC students a distinct competitive advantage,” said Dr. Tony Zeiss, CPCC president. “This agreement with IHK Karlsruhe and these programs are a signal to all German and other European companies who are initiating or expanding U.S. operations that Charlotte and CPCC welcome them and are open for business.”
“As President Obama has repeatedly emphasized, a well-educated, well-trained workforce is a fundamental requirement for success in the global economy of the 21st century,” said Prof. Hans-Peter Mengele, CEO, IHK Karlsruhe. “In this spirit, our collaboration with CPCC in Charlotte will support and strengthen the many German companies already located in the Carolinas and will further prepare American workers to take full advantage of new opportunities in the job market.”