Josh

ICATT Apprentice: CNC Machining

After serving for six years in the US Army, four years active duty and two years in the National Guard, Joshua Barron was struggling to figure out which career path to pursue. He spent several years trying a variety of jobs – in customer service, sales, and retail – before he found his calling in…

Matt

ICATT Apprentice: Advanced Manufacturing Technician

Matt Hilton is a second-year Advanced Manufacturing Technician Apprentice at Graepel North America coming from a long family of skilled tradesmen and tradeswomen. Matt said his family provided a direction to follow and he knew he wanted to gain experience as early as possible in as many skills that would be available to him. Read more about Matt.…

Alexis

ICATT Apprentice Graduate: Mechatronics Technician

At the end of his senior year in high school, Alexis was introduced to the ICATT Apprenticeship Program through a presentation delivered to his manufacturing class. Alexis was intrigued; he already knew he wanted to pursue a career that combined engineering and manufacturing, and the ICATT Apprenticeship Program sounded like the perfect fit. Read more…

Christina

ICATT Apprentice: Maintenance Technician

When Christina Schubert heard about the ICATT Apprenticeship Program from an instructor, she knew it would be a good fit for her aptitudes and goals. Christina, a student in the Engineering Technology Program at Triton College in River Grove, Illinois, applied for the program in fall 2018 and began a mechatronics apprenticeship in June with BBS Automation Chicago,…

Creator of the ICATT Apprenticeship Program & Vice President of GACC Midwest

  Mario Kratsch is the creator of the ICATT Apprenticeship Program as well as  Vice President of the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest (GACC Midwest). He joined GACC Midwest in 2014 to build and lead apprenticeship programs in the United States based on the German Dual Education System. Prior to joining GACC Midwest,…

Deputy Director
Phone: (312) 494-2167

As the Deputy Director, Sascha works closely with Mario Kratsch, with a strong focus on apprenticeship program operations. Prior to joining the ICATT Apprenticeship Program team in 2019, Sascha worked for the Malaysian-German Chamber of Commerce, successfully developing the German apprenticeship model and other continuing education programs. In addition to his experience as Head of…

Manager, Applicant Outreach & Special Projects
Phone: (312) 585-8019

  As Applicant Outreach Manager, Myriam focuses on guiding ICATT applicants through the application process and introducing the ICATT Apprenticeship Program to interested parties. Working closely with the Train the Trainer courses, she is also an assistant teacher and helps develop the course’s curriculum and oversees administration. Myriam joined the ICATT Apprenticeship Program in 2019…

Manager, Apprenticeship Administration
Phone: (312) 585-8348

As Manager, Apprenticeship Administration, Melissa is the main point of contact for current ICATT Apprentices and works closely with them to ensure their work and studies are running smoothly. She joined the team in 2015 and takes care of many administrative tasks related to apprentice registration and exams. Prior to joining the team, she worked…

Senior Manager, Apprenticeship Exams and Certifications
Phone: (615) 708-7246

As Senior Manager of Apprenticeship Exams and Certifications, Geneva develops the ICATT Occupational Examinations in cooperation with field experts and manages the administration and certification of these examinations throughout the Midwest Region ensuring that they are comprehensive and meet the ICATT international quality standard. She is also the primary instructor of the highly regarded Train the Trainer course, developing and delivering engaging content for both the in-person and virtual…

Applicant Outreach Manager
Phone: (312) 561-9794

As ICATT Applicant Outreach Manager, Evelyn works with all ICATT Apprenticeship Applicants and Candidates to guide them through the ICATT application process. She engages with various organizations throughout the Midwest to raise awareness about the program and recruit interested applicants to the ICATT Apprenticeship Program. Prior to ICATT, Evelyn was an apprenticeship program coordinator at…