SHS German students attended the third annual "German Career Day" at Houston Community College on Friday March 22, 2019.
This event was hosted by the German Institute for the Southwest with the support of the German Consulate General, the Goethe-Institute, and the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern United States (GACC Houston).
The German Institute for the Southwest brings all things German to the Southwest of the United States and offers various levels of German language courses as well as conversational and business German in the Greater Houston area. By attending this event students can gain a global perspective on future careers and educational opportunities for those individuals with German language skills.
German companies and companies with close ties to Germany were on hand to discuss internships, apprenticeships, and job openings. Among those represented were Airbus DS Houston, BASF, Bauer Equipment America, Inc., Bilfinger North America Inc., Deutsche Windtechnik, Draeger, Inc., Headworks International, Layher USA, Inc., Roland's Swiss Pastry & Bakery, Siemens, United Airlines, the US Department of Labor-Apprenticeship division, and Workforce Solutions.
Presentations were given on studying in Germany and Austria. Public colleges in Germany are free for residents and international students. That means that a student from Sealy High School could take advantage of free tuition at a German university. Past Sealy graduates have taken advantage of educational opportunities in Germany and several have done internships in Germany. Some German colleges are going out of their way to attract foreigners by even offering programs taught entirely in English.
DAAD – Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (German Academic Exchange Service) https://www.daad.org/en/ DAAD is the world’s largest funding organization dedicated to promoting international exchange in higher education. DAAD provides young people with the opportunity to gain international academic and research experience in Germany and worldwide. It is similar to the American Fulbright Scholarship which offers an all-expense-paid opportunity to study in Germany. Highly motivated Sealy graduates should definitely look into these opportunities.
A number of Texas universities presented their German and international programs as well. Rice University, Texas A&M University, University of Texas, Sam Houston State University, Texas State University, University of Houston and Houston Community College were represented.
This event gave Sealy German students the opportunity to see value in the study of the German language. Germany is a leading economic force in today's global economy. Sealy ISD offers four levels of German beginning in junior high and continuing on into high school.