Three CPCC students receive scholarships to study abroad as apprentices

CPCC strives to make a quality education more accessible through the more than $1 million in scholarships it makes available to close to 1,000 in-need students each year.

These gifts are made possible thanks to the generosity of the college’s valued partners – the individuals, business and industry and civic clubs that choose to help transform students’ lives by investing in their future.

The German Language and Culture Foundation is a valued CPCC donor that believes in transforming lives by facilitating access to extraordinary educational experiences.

The Foundation accomplishes this through its “Study and Work Abroad – Experience the German Workplace as an Apprentice!” program, an initiative that gives students the opportunity to engage in one month of language study and two months of on-the-job training abroad in Germany.

The following three students were awarded program scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year. As a result, they will travel overseas in January 2018, receiving college credit for their time in Germany, while remaining an employee of the U.S.-based company where they serve as an apprentice and earn a regular paycheck.

Meet this year’s “Study and Work Abroad – Experience the German Workplace as an Apprentice!” program recipients. They are:

Caleb Adams
Mechatronics major and first-year German student Caleb Adams is looking forward to his time in Germany this winter – exploring the German culture and how business is conducted outside of the United States – as part of the Study and Work Abroad – Experience the German Workplace as an Apprentice!” program.

The Fort Mill, S.C., resident is familiar with the apprenticeship model; he currently serves as an apprentice for groninger USA, LLC.

As one of three 2017 Study and Work Abroad program participants, Adams will learn more about groninger’s German operations once overseas, developing a better understanding of company’s robotic machinery and working on its assembly machine lines.

“I look forward to comparing how groninger manages to successfully operate its facilities in both Germany and the U.S.,” explains Adams. “This experience will help me better prepare for positions of greater responsibility within the organization, which will help me achieve my personal goal of one day becoming a groninger field service technician, and ultimately an electrical engineer.”

Chad Robinson
CPCC computer integrated machining student Chad Robinson is looking forward to seeing Germany for the first time and being fully immersed in the German culture while studyingand working abroad as a “Study and Work Abroad – Experience the German Workplace as an Apprentice!” scholarship recipient.

Robinson, a Charlotte resident, currently serves as an apprentice with Siemens Energy, and will continue in this role overseas in the company’s Muhlheim training facility. He is excited to build upon the machining skills he has learned as an apprentice under the supervision of Siemens’ Charlotte team and practice his German, a language he has only studied for one semester at CPCC.

He hopes his time in Germany will give him a better outlook on the world and help him accumulate the knowledge and skills he needs to not only continue his career at Siemens, but also complete his mechanical engineering degree at UNC Charlotte in the future.

Ethan McFarlain
Ethan McFarlain, a machining technology student at CPCC and an apprentice with Bosch Rexroth, is looking forward to joining the global workforce when he travels to the organization’s manufacturing facility in Germany this January as part of the college’s “Study and Work Abroad – Experience the German Workplace as an Apprentice!” program.

As a scholarship recipient, McFarlain will have the opportunity to work in Bosch Rexroth’s Stuttgart and Schweinfurt facilities, working side by side with his international peers to improve his skills as a machinist.

“I want to have a greater understanding of the differences between the United States and other countries,” explains McFarlain. “I can’t wait to begin this new experience, take in the German scenery and learn the skills I’ll need to one day successfully complete a four-year degree in engineering.