Central Piedmont student and Siemens apprentice Chad Robinson selected to participate in the prestigious CBYX program

Robinson one of only 75 U.S. students to receive one-year scholarship, study abroad


Tuesday, April 9, 2019 9:34 am EDT



Editor's note: This press release was originally published on Central Piedmont Community College's website

Central Piedmont Community College student Chad Robinson of Charlotte, N.C., has been selected to participate in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX), a year-long, federally-funded fellowship for study and work in Germany. Robinson is one of only 75 American participants, from a pool of more than 550 applicants, to be chosen for the program. Robinson is also a part of Siemens’ apprenticeship program at its Charlotte Energy Hub, an initiative created in partnership with Central Piedmont. 

While studying abroad in Germany during the 2019-2020 academic year, Robinson will attend a two-month intensive German language course, study at a German university or professional school for four months and complete a five-month internship with a German company in his career field. These combined experiences will provide Robinson with an opportunity to learn about everyday German life from a variety of perspectives.

“I am honored to be selected for this program and look forward to being fully immersed in German culture,” said Robinson who is pursuing an associate in applied science degree in mechatronics and has studied the German language for two semesters at Central Piedmont. “This experience will open doors for my career I never knew were possible. It will give me a new perspective on culture, improve my language skills and provide me with a great education. I am honored to be representing both my community and my country on this year-long journey.”

In 2017, Robinson joined Siemens AG CEO Joe Kaeser and German Chancellor Angela Merkel for a White House meeting with President Donald Trump to discuss the apprenticeship model and his experience with the program in Charlotte. He also received a scholarship through Central Piedmont’s “Study and Work Abroad – Experience the German Workplace as an Apprentice!” program in 2016. The experience sent him overseas to Germany where he worked in the company’s Muehlheim training facility, honing his machining skills. He hopes that returning to Germany this year will help him gain the additional skills and knowledge he needs to continue his career at Siemens Energy and pursue a mechanical engineering degree at UNC Charlotte in the future.

“Chad has been an integral part of our apprenticeship program for the past four years, and we’re thrilled he has the opportunity to continue his education with the CBYX fellowship,” said Kevin Poet, head of operations at Siemens Charlotte Energy Hub. “His experience is a strong example of the impact we hope to have with our apprenticeship model here in the U.S., and we wish Chad luck as he embarks on this next chapter.”

Siemens’ apprenticeship program in Charlotte is one of 10 such initiatives across nine states. The advanced manufacturing training program provides three times more on-the-job training and more than 10 times more college hours than is typically required by programs registered through the U.S. Department of Labor. Apprentices have tuition costs covered for technical education at a community college, are paid while they learn on the job, and graduate from the program with a degree, international certification and a guaranteed job with Siemens.

This year marks the 36th anniversary of the CBYX program, supported financially by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State under the authority of the Fulbright-Hays Act.

To qualify as a CBYX applicant, individuals must be a young adult in the business, technical, engineering, vocational or agricultural fields; be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident between 18 and 24 years of age; and have clear career goals and experience in their professional field. To learn more about the CBYX program visit https://cbyx.info.

To learn more about Central Piedmont’s German courses, click here. For information on the college’s study abroad program, visit www.cpcc.edu/study-abroad/programs.

About Central Piedmont

Central Piedmont Community College is one of the largest community colleges in the Carolinas, offering nearly 300 degree, diploma and certification programs; customized corporate training; market-focused continuing education; and special interest classes. Central Piedmont is academically, financially and geographically accessible to all citizens of Mecklenburg County. Central Piedmont responds to the workforce and technology needs of local employers and job seekers through innovative educational and training strategies. Established in 1963, Central Piedmont has provided more than 50 years of service to Mecklenburg County residents, business and industry. For more information, see www.cpcc.edu. Connect with the college on social media at www.cpcc.edu/social.

About Siemens Corporation

Siemens Corporation is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of power generation and distribution, intelligent infrastructure for buildings and distributed energy systems, and automation and digitalization in the process and manufacturing industries. Through the separately managed company Siemens Mobility, a leading supplier of smart mobility solutions for rail and road transport, Siemens is shaping the world market for passenger and freight services. Due to its majority stakes in the publicly listed companies Siemens Healthineers AG and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Siemens is also a world-leading supplier of medical technology and digital healthcare services as well as environmentally friendly solutions for onshore and offshore wind power generation. For more than 160 years, the company has innovated and invented technologies to support American industry spanning manufacturing, energy, healthcare and infrastructure. In fiscal 2018, Siemens USA reported revenue of $23.7 billion, including $5.0 billion in exports, and employs approximately 50,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico.