Guest Blogger: Sarah Buckliew, RBHS
October was a busy month for our River Bluff German Program. Students attended two German workshops; one at College of Charleston and one at USC Upstate. At these workshops students participated in station activities in the target language and learned about the University German programs. The most exciting trip however was a trip to IFA Rotorion, a German company in Charleston. Over the summer I applied for a grant from the American Association of German Teachers, to sponsor field excursions for our students who are enrolled in both German and Mechanical Design at River Bluff. After being awarded this grant, we are able to meet with German companies in the state of South Carolina, to see how their German background knowledge and mechanical design skills can be used in future employment. Our first trip to IFA Rotorion was a huge success. Students were introduced to the company by the CEO Mauro Amarante. Then the human resources department spoke to them about their CO-OP opportunity and how what they are learning in high school will help them get a job in the future. IFA Rotorion is opening a new facility in the next two years and will be employing 600 more employees. Then students were then able to tour the facility, complete with steel toed shoes and eye protection. Students were able to see first hand how what they are learning in class can be directly used in their future. Students can’t wait until our next trips in the spring to BMW and BOSCH! A huge thank you to AATG for sponsoring these trips for our students.
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