Volkswagen Welcomes Mechatronics Graduates

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF-TV) – Volkswagen Chattanooga celebrated the graduation of its mechatronics apprentices today.
The students were chosen 3 years ago for specialized training leading to an associates degree and a job at the state of the art plant.
The graduates are joining the plant at a critical time.

Twenty five highly trained people are taking their place at the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant–graduates of the first class in the Car mechatronics program. Volkswagen partners with Chattanooga State to implement the program in the Volkswagen Academy.

CHRISTIAN KOCH, PRES. & CEO, VOLKSWAGEN CHATTANOOGA "You are entering the Volkswagen Chattanooga at a critical ..As you know we are launching the face lift of the Passat and in the next few weeks,we immediately begin implementing the brand new 7-seat mid-size SUV."

The apprentices have finished 3 years of study at the Volkswagen academy. The programs are based in a dual education system which combines vocational classroom education and paid on-the-job training in one course

MAYOR JIM COPPINGER, HAMILTON COUNTY "Anytime we come for an announcement its always something that’s outstanding and means a whole lot to our community and today is no expection."

MAYOR ANDY BERKE, CHATTANOOGA "The 25 of you here…are here because you’re dedicated to making sure that you live that American dream that we talk about…that you can work hard, make sure that you play by the rules…and that you have a path to success."

Both mayors were joined by congressman Chuck Fleischmann in celebrating the milestone event at the 7 year old auto plant.

ALBERT ALBERT GRASER, HEAD OF TECHNICAL TRAINING "Through the course of the three years, we try to fine-tune them where, when they’re finished with their 4th year, their fourth round of on the job training, they’re ready to go right into work."

There are 2 separate mechatronics programs at the Volkswagen Academy.
Both are certified by the German Chamber of commerce, which awards certificates to the graduates.

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