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the lowest in the industrial world, and is about half the U.S. rate.” The German apprenticeship model works. “It has been working, and it yields more opportunities, higher wages and greater careers,” Whitlock said. “CEC is involved because this fits the mission provided to us by our CEC board … That mission, ‘ensure a viable 21st century workforce,’ comes from the systemic way that Coweta County has structured CEC to create a joint relationship among business, the Coweta County School System and West Georgia Tech,” Whitlock added. GA CAT T was four years in the making for Coweta County, and the chairman of the CEC board, Martin Pleyer, was instrumental in bringing it to Coweta County. Pleyer is also the chief operating officer at the Grenzebach Corporation in Newnan. In addition to the time, it took several CEC interns who performed work-based learning at Grenzebach, as well as the
Grenzebach in Newnan is starting a German-style apprenticeship program in Coweta County.
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