NEW PORT RICHEY — AMskills founder Bryan Kamm and Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey attended Harvard University’s Pathway to Prosperity Network Institute event in Boston.
At the Oct. 28-30 event at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Kamm served as a panelist as participants discussed how European companies are adapting education training practices in the U.S. and what Americans can learn from them.
AMSkills operates its Pasco location at Marchman Technical College in Port Richey, along with Pinellas locations at East Lake High School; Pinellas Technical Education Center, in Clearwater; and Dixie Hollins High School, in St. Petersburg. The Hernando County site is at the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport and Industrial Park.
Kamm was invited to speak on a panel by Pathway to Prosperity author and founder, Professor Bob Schwartz of Harvard University. Schwartz is a nationally recognized authority on U.S., German, Swiss and other European apprenticeship programs.
Among the topics discussed were:
Strengths and similarities between the German and Swiss apprenticeship systems
What AMskills and Apprenticeship 2000 have learned from implementation of the German-Swiss-Austrian models in different locations in the U.S.
Comparing these programs to the ongoing successful apprenticeship program in Wisconsin
“The German and Swiss occupational standards for advanced manufacturing apprenticeship programs are very similar in content, and they are both world-class gold standards that can be replicated here in the U.S.,” Kamm said in a press release.
The timing of this event followed on the heels of two independent Workforce Training Declarations signed in Washington, D.C. by the U.S. Government with Germany and with Switzerland.
AMskills is a $2.35 million workforce and economic development initiative funded through the state of Florida, Pasco, Pinellas and Hernando counties. More information about AMskills is at www.amskills.org.