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Georgia Consortium of Advanced Technical Training now available in Coweta County

WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY CELIA SHORTT PHOTOS COURTESY OF GRENZEBACH

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Coweta County continues to increase its industrial and educational opportunities for residents, including a German apprenticeship style program for high school students which begins in the fall. The Georgia Consortium of Advanced Technical Training (GA CAT T) in Coweta is a German-style apprenticeship program and is the first in the United States to involve high school students. This fall, it will allow 11 Coweta County 10th graders to take traditional high school classes, college-level manufacturing courses, and apprenticeship modules that will pay $8 an hour. By 12th grade, they will be spend the majority of their school days at manufacturing sites and earning $12 an hour. “The German Apprenticeship Program in Coweta brings 100 years of success and credentials known worldwide to Coweta County,” said Mark Whitlock, CEO of Coweta’s charter college and career academy the Central Educational Center. “The German young adult unemployment rate (ages 15-24) has been

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