The networking I’ve been able to do has been incredible. I’ve had amazing opportunities that I never thought I would be able to have.
Central Piedmont Community College Grad
Assistant Apprenticeship Manager at Siemens Energy
Chad Robinson always assumed he’d head straight to a four-year university once he graduated high school. But after learning about an apprenticeship program with Siemens through Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC), Chad knew this was one opportunity he couldn’t pass up. After all, working at the US plant of a German-based automation technology conglomerate wouldn’t only open new doors, but also paid Chad’s way through CPCC where he earned two associate degrees—one in computer integrated machining and the other in business.
During his time at CPCC, Chad met a friend who was part of an exchange program from Germany and suggested Chad apply for it as well. Only 75 Americans are accepted each year, so Chad was surprised when he was chosen to spend the year in Germany split between a submersion language school and a semester at a German university. “There are so many routes you can take rather than going to a four-year university right away. You don’t have to do it the exact same way that everyone else does,” Chad reflected.
After returning from Germany sooner than expected due to the pandemic, Siemens created a position for Chad working under the apprenticeship manager. “The apprenticeship program has given so much to me, I really enjoy being able to give back to it,” Chad admitted. In addition to working at Siemens, Chad is attending UNC Charlotte, where he’s double majoring in international business and German. He’s appreciative of his time at CPCC because it gave him a chance to explore a lot of different avenues and fields of study before moving on to his bachelor’s degree.
Through his CPCC apprenticeship program, Chad also had the chance to meet the new CEO of Siemens US, which in turn led to him being invited to the White House to speak about apprenticeships. There he met President Trump, Vice President Pence, several international CEOs and Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel. “The networking I’ve been able to do has been incredible.” Chad said appreciatively. “I’ve had amazing opportunities that I never thought I would be able to have.”