Virginia Rounds, Director of the Industry Consortium for Advanced Technical Training (ICATT)  Apprenticeship Program, will share her expertise during a panel at World Future Forum in Chicago on April 25.

Rounds will participate in a round-table discussion on the topic Apprenticeships and Work-Based Learning. She will lead the discussion on different apprenticeship models and what educators can look for to help identify the right program for their students.

World Future Forum is an international conference that gathers together educators, administrators, academics, and professionals to discuss how to best prepare students for today’s job market. The two-day event is an opportunity for a diverse group of experts to exchange ideas, research, and best practices to promote excellence in high school, higher education, and future career paths.

The ICATT Apprenticeship Program is the only program in the Midwest fully benchmarked on the German Dual Education System, a time-tested program that combines company-specific knowledge, theory, and hands-on learning to train a globally competitive workforce.

As the head of the ICATT Apprenticeship Program, Rounds drives strategic partnerships and builds relationships with participating companies, while maintaining the operational excellence of the program. Rounds brings many years of experience working in different industries, including as an intercultural trainer in Berlin and at the German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC) Midwest and a U.S. software company. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and German.

Learn more about ICATT’s leadership team and mission.