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NYT Article Highlights German-model Apprenticeship in SC

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Where Factory Apprenticeship Is Latest Model From Germany

GREER, S.C. — For Joerg Klisch, hiring the first 60 workers to build heavy engines at his company’s new factory in South Carolina was easy. Finding the next 60 was not so simple.

“It seemed like we had sucked up everybody who knew about diesel engines,” said Mr. Klisch, vice president for North American operations of Tognum America. “It wasn’t working as we had planned.”

So Mr. Klisch did what he would have done back home in Germany: He set out to train them himself. Working with five local high schools and a career center in Aiken County, S.C. — and a curriculum nearly identical to the one at the company’s headquarters in Friedrichshafen — Tognum now has nine juniors and seniors enrolled in its apprenticeship program.

Inspired by a partnership between schools and industry that is seen as a key to Germany’s advanced industrial capability and relatively low unemployment rate, projects like the one at Tognum are practically unheard-of in the United States.

But experts in government and academia, along with those inside companies like BMW, which has its only American factory in South Carolina, say apprenticeships are a desperately needed option for younger workers who want decent-paying jobs, or increasingly, any job at all. And without more programs like the one at Tognum, they maintain, the nascent recovery in American manufacturing will run out of steam for lack of qualified workers.

For the rest of the article at the New York TImes website, click here.


High Heels and Hard Hats Article Spotlights Women in Construction Jobs

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It's becoming increasingly easier to find positive female role models in the apprenticeable trades, including in the media. For a great article focusing on women in the construction industry, check out High Heels and Hard Hats from the Jan/Feb 2013 issue of Constructor magazine!


Don't Miss MEATA's 2014 Spring Apprenticeship Conference May 21-23

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MEATA 2014 Spring Apprenticeship Conference

MEATA Torch Handoff Graphic

"Passing the Skills Torch Forward!"

May 21–23, 2014
at the
Motor City Casino Hotel
2901 Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
and the

Ford Technical Training Center
25500 Outer Drive
Lincoln Park, MI 48146

(Click Here for directions from the Motor City Casino Hotel to the Ford Technical Training Center)

MEATA's 2014 Spring Apprenticeship Conference is jam-packed with informative and useful sessions focused on the theme of "Passing the Skills Torch Forward!". Dean Guido, Regional Director of the U.S. Dept. of Labor Office of Apprenticeship, will be the keynote speaker for the conference. Conference sessions will focus on “what's moving in apprenticeship” at UAW, Operating Engineers and MDOT; apprentice readiness; connecting K-12 to apprenticeships; innovative Detroit-based programs; urban strategies for apprenticeship; and lots more! Check out the complete conference agenda for details on all the sessions.

Activities associated with the conference include:

  • Wed. evening (May 21) of networking at the HockeyTown Cafe (named Detroit's #1 sports bar and the #2 sports bar in America by ESPN2)
  • A tour of the Ford Technical Training Center (on Thurs., May 22)
  • Dinner at the Motor City Casino (on Thurs., May 22)
  • Traditional Gift Exchange (during dinner on Thurs.)...bring a gift that represents your company, organization, community, etc.

Cost for attending the conference, including meals and beverages, is just $175 per person. For K-12 educators, we offer a special rate of just $100!

Register for the Conference Online or contact Phil Crockett via e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at 248-232-4196 to reserve your seat(s) for this must-attend event!

MEATA has arranged for discounted lodging at the Motor City Casino Hotel at rates of $97 to $99 per night, including FREE parking. This special rate is only guaranteed for rooms booked by May 7th. You can Book Your Room(s) Online or call the hotel toll-free at 866-782-9622 and let them know you're with the MEATA Conference. We're told that room fill up quickly at the hotel, so please book your room(s) at your earliest opportunity!

Another enhancement to this year's conference is an option for vendor booths! If you offer products and/or services of direct interest to MEATA members and you'd like more info on the opportunity to have a display at the conference, please contact Janene Erne by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at 248-232-4394.

Last Updated on Friday, 04 April 2014 09:31

MEATA 2013 Spring Conference Files

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MEATA's 2013 Spring Conference, held May 15-17 at the Treetops Sylvan Resort in Gaylord, was a huge success, with over 50 professionals from across the state in attendance.

Presentation topics included:

  • MDOT: Apprenticeships - Our Way Forward
  • Charlevoix-Emmet ISD Manufacturing Partnership
  • Delta College Accelerated CNC Machinist Program
  • Qualifying for Veteran Training Funds Use
  • The Manufacturing Skills Mismatch Debate
  • MAT2 Mechatronics Apprenticeship Program Pilot
  • DOL Pre-Apprenticeship Update
  • Where is the Money for Registered Apprenticeship Training?
  • Michigan Merit Curriculum Legislative Update

Copies of the presentations are posted here!

Last Updated on Saturday, 18 May 2013 16:24

Presentations/Links from 2012 Fall Drive-In

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There were lots of great presentations at the MEATA 2012 Fall Drive-in Conference. If you missed the event or want copies of the Powerpoints and other documents from the event, you've come to the right place!

The event opened with a showing of the Edge Factor's "Metal & Flesh" film preview video that focuses on the incredible story of an innovative engineer/manufacturer who has "redefined what is possible" in the realm of prosthetics. (Watch for the film's release in 2013!). Here's a link to the Edge Factor website page where you can see the video for yourself:

Next up was Russ Davis, State Director for the U.S. Dept. of Labor's Office of Apprenticeship, who provided a National Perspective on the State of Apprenticeships. Download his presentation.

Brad Erickson from the Capital Area Career Center provided an excellent overview of the processes, challenges and opportunities faced by Career/Tech Centers around the state related to integration of high school academic credits into CTE courses. Download his presentation.

John Hartwell, Apprentice Coordinator and Field Rep with IUOE Local 324 provided an overview of current legislation being proposed in Lansing designed to impact the High School Core Requirements. These include:

Senate Bill 1013 and House Bill 5645
Education; curricula; opt-out provision for foreign language and algebra II requirements for high school diploma; provide for pupils meeting certain alternative requirements. Amends sec. 1278a of 1976 PA 451 (MCL 380.1278a).

Senate Bill 0997 and House Bill 5451
Education; graduation requirements; Michigan merit curriculum; revise. Amends secs. 1278a & 1278b of 1976 PA 451 (MCL 380.1278a & 380.1278b). Includes credits for CTE "technical math" and "work-based learning" options.

House Bill 5456
Education; graduation requirements; completion of certain vocational technical or career and technical education in lieu of certain state high school diploma requirements; allow. Amends secs. 1278a & 1278b of 1976 PA 451 (MCL 380.1278a & 380.1278b).

NOTE: You can follow these and other bills via the Michigan Legislative website, a free service of the Michigan Legislative Council, the Michigan House of Representatives and the Michigan Senate. The site allows you to search for bills from current and prior sessions and Public Acts (bills passed into law). The site can also automatically e-mail you legislative updates based on keywords, sponsoring legislators or categories (such as Education, graduation requirements and Education, career and technical).

Last but not least, Patty Adolfs from the Oakland County ISD could not attend the event but put together a great AdobeConnect presentation with lots of tips on how manufacturers (and really any industry representatives) can work successfully with K-12 educators and adminstrators. View her presentation. (Adobe Flash Player 10.1 or higher required.) 

Last Updated on Monday, 05 November 2012 16:50
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MEATA 2014 Spring Apprenticeship Conference
Begin: 05-21-2014, 15:00
End: 05-23-2014, 12:00
Location: Motor City Casino Hotel , 2901 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, and the, Ford Technical Training Center , 25500 Outer Drive, Lincoln Park, MI 48146
Theme: Passing the Skills Torch Forward!

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Apprenticeship Trivia

The origin of the word "masterpiece" comes from early England's indentured apprenticeship system. In order to complete their training, English apprentices were required to make a "master-piece" -- an attempt at the very best work the apprentice could produce -- which was then submitted for inspection to a group of Guild Masters. If the masterpiece was of sufficient quality, the apprentice was given the status of "freeman". Here is the beginning of what we refer to today as "competency-based apprenticeship."