Volkswagen Chattanooga Celebrates New Graduates
Volkswagen Chattanooga celebrated its second class to graduate from the Volkswagen Academy’s three-year Automation Mechatronics Program (AMP) today in a ceremony that highlighted the German ‘dual education’ system.
Volkswagen also announced the creation of the Engineering Specialist Training program, which targets candidates who have already earned their Bachelor’s degree. They would then receive a concentrated 18-month program that highlights the same hands-on experience of the mechatronics training coupled with three months of international experience at Volkswagen’s headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany.
“Volkswagen Chattanooga put this program in place to play an active part in developing the skilled workforce here in Hamilton County. We believe these skills are important because they support jobs that add value to the economy,” said Christian Koch, President and CEO of Volkswagen Chattanooga.
A dual education system combines vocational classroom education and paid on-the-job training in one course. Students receive hands-on-training in mechanical systems, electricity, electronics, machining, welding and automated systems among other disciplines.
“Through these programs, Volkswagen Chattanooga is thinking globally and acting locally,” said Sebastian Patta, EVP Human Resources. “Why import talent, when we can develop it here and create a lasting impact on the economy? We are committed to training our local workforce with the most advanced technical skills specific to our developing business needs,” Patta said.
After being the first company to be certified by the by the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) and the German American Chambers of Commerce (AHK USA) for the Automation Mechatronics Program in 2013, the Volkswagen Academy will be receiving another certificate in 2014 for outstanding performance and is now recognized as an educational institute by the German American Chamber of Commerce.
The certificate acknowledges companies training according to the German standards in the highest category defined by the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) in Berlin.
“Volkswagen’s Automation Mechatronics program is an exceptional example of what a vocational training program in the U.S. can be,” said Martina Stellmaszek, President and CEO, German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S., Inc. “The continued success of this program and its graduates is directly tied to Volkswagen’s ongoing partnership with local colleges throughout Tennessee. Vocational training programs like Volkswagen’s, are graduating candidates who are well-trained, prepared and have the skills needed to perform the job.”
Volkswagen Chattanooga partners with Chattanooga State Community College to implement the Automation Mechatronics Program in the cutting edge 163,000 sq. ft. Volkswagen Academy.
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PARIS (AP) -- Eurozone nations will hold an emergency summit today to discuss how to proceed following the `no' result in Greece's bailout referendum.
In the meantime, Germany's EU commissioner says he's optimistic that a new Greek finance minister and opposition parties' backing for Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (TSEE'-prahs) could smooth negotiations between Athens and its European creditors.
Greece's polarizing finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, resigned Monday and was replaced by Euclid Tsakalotos. Three opposition parties offered backing for Tsipras in the bailout negotiations.
Commissioner Guenther Oettinger told Deutschlandfunk radio Tuesday that Tsakalotos "doesn't have the same attitude as his predecessor. He knows the figures, the facts, he knows our reform proposals ... and he knows that we are flexible."
German officials insist that, even after its voters rejected more austerity in a referendum, Greece must accept conditions for any new aid.
Earlier, Chancellor Angela Merkel said "time is of the essence," after discussing the Greek crisis with French President Francois Hollande in Paris. She said that Greece must advance proposals to the table this week.
Greece's banks are facing the risk of collapse within days unless a rescue deal is reached. The European Central Bank maintained its level of cash assistance to Greek banks ahead of today's emergency meeting.
ECONOMY-THE DAY AHEAD
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A few economic reports are due out from the federal government later this morning. The Commerce Department will release international trade data for May and the Labor Department will release its job openings and labor turnover survey for the same month. This afternoon, the Federal Reserve releases May consumer credit data.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. service firms grew at a slightly faster pace in June, as business activity and new orders increased.
The Institute for Supply Management says its services index edged up to 56 in June from 55.7 in May. Any reading over 50 indicates that services firms are expanding.
Steady hiring over the past year has fueled a consumer spending rebound from a winter slump. Many economists say the economy will expand at an annual rate of 2.5 per cent in the second quarter, after shrinking during the first three months of 2015.
Still, the index's hiring component slipped in June to 52.7 from 55.3 in May, which indicates that the rate of job growth might slow.
The report corresponds with economic growth of around 3 percent annually in the second quarter, Lee said.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Samsung Electronics Co. forecasts its second-quarter profit has dropped 4 percent from a year earlier.
The maker of Galaxy smartphones said in its earnings preview Tuesday that its April-June operating profit was 6.9 trillion won ($6.1 billion). The consensus among analysts was 7.23 trillion won, according to financial data provider FactSet.
Samsung said sales fell 8 percent over a year earlier to 48 trillion won. The company is scheduled to disclose its net profit and breakdown figures among its business divisions later this month.
The announcement shows that recovery at Samsung's smartphone division was not as strong as expected.
Analysts have lowered profit forecasts on Samsung in recent weeks, citing the weaker-than-expected sales of its flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, which went on sale in April.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Starbucks says it's hiking prices again starting today, with the increases ranging from 5 to 20 cents for most affected drinks.
The Seattle-based company also raised prices nationally about a year ago.
The company says that a small and large brewed coffee will each go up by 10 cents in most areas of the country. That would bring the price of a large coffee to $2.45 in most U.S. stores.
Some other coffee sellers are cutting prices. Last week, The J.M. Smucker Co. said it would cut prices for most of its coffee products because of declines in future prices for unroasted coffee beans. In an emailed statement yesterday, Starbucks Corp. said coffee costs are only part of its expenses, which also include rent, labor, marketing and equipment.
Sheryl Sandberg joins SurveyMonkey board of directors
UNDTED ( AP) -- SurveyMonkey will add two new members to its board of directors, including Facebook's chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg.
Sandberg is the widow of David Goldberg, who was CEO at SurveyMonkey from 2009 until he died in an accident while exercising in May.
The Palo Alto, California, company said Monday its other new director is David Ebersman, the CEO of Lyra Health and former chief financial officer at Facebook.
SurveyMonkey, which operates an online survey platform, also said Zander Lurie, its acting executive chairman, will take on the role on a permanent basis.
WAL-MART-ARMORED CAR HEIST
BRISTOW, Okla. (AP) -- Investigators say they have no suspects in the theft of $75,000 from an Oklahoma Wal-Mart by a man disguised as an armored truck driver.
Authorities say the suspect entered the Wal-Mart store in Bristow about 10:30 a.m. Saturday dressed similarly to a Loomis armored transport employee. The suspect strolled to the cash office, signed for the deposit and walked out of the store.
Wal-Mart employees called police after the real Loomis employee arrived about 45 minutes later. Bristow is about 35 miles southeast of Tulsa.
Bristow Police Chief Wayne Williams said Monday investigators have not identified the suspect whose image was captured by a video surveillance camera. Williams says officials don't believe the suspect lives in the area.
Williams says Wal-Mart has alerted its other stores about the theft.
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