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German Students Arrive in Atlanta for The Halle Exchange Program with Atlanta Technical College
On February 2, twelve students and four faculty members from Felix-Fechenbach Berufskolleg in Detmold, Germany, arrived in Atlanta to participate in the Halle Exchange Program with Atlanta Technical College.
During the two-week exchange, which will run from February 2-14, the young German students will live with their ATC counterparts, many of whom they met when the American delegation visited Detmold last October. The Halle Exchange is a complete cultural immersion experience: participants live in their exchange partner’s home and take classes at the host institution.
A key component of the Halle Exchange is workforce development. Students engage in internship experiences in the program areas of mechanical engineering, carpentry, culinary arts, visual communications, medicine, childcare, cosmetology, and electronics. While in Detmold, Atlanta Tech students worked for German corporations including AFV-Medien, Welle Möbel GmbH, Vital Hotel, Stiftung, S.O.S. Ausbildungstä
When they are not studying in the classroom or working at an internship, exchange students visit key sites of commerce and culture. In October, the American delegation and their German hosts visited the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Castle of Detmold, and the Pergamon Museum. In addition, they had the opportunity to meet with the Mayor of Detmold, the Prince and Princess of Lippe, and leaders of German business and industry. While in Atlanta, the German delegation and their counterparts will meet with Nathan Deal, the Governor of Georgia, and Martina Stegmeier, the President and CEO of the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern United States, Inc. They will also visit the King Center, the Atlanta University Center, and the State Capitol Building.
One hallmark of the Halle Exchange is that it constantly evolves to increase the breadth and impact of the exchange experience. To more closely examine U.S. governmental operations, trade, and culture, this year’s Halle delegation will travel to Washington, D.C. to visit the White House, the U.S. Capitol, the King Memorial, and the Smithsonian Museum. The lessons learned during the visit will be used to develop an inter-continental project on the similarities between Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the U.S. Civil Rights Movement and German activist Felix Fechenbach.
The Halle Exchange, celebrating its fifteenth anniversary this year, is funded by The Halle Foundation, the Atlanta Technical College Foundation, and corporate contributions.