GPS Education Partners students are making a difference in the lives of those in need. Classes throughout the 16 education centers regularly participate in a variety of service projects. Not only do students learn teamwork, but they also realize how they can change the lives of others.
Projects range from collecting toys for children and painting rooms at a home for recovering women, to working with Habitat for Humanity and removing invasive plant species at area parkways. “Service learning is an aspect of our programming that not only builds a sense of community for our students, but also gives back to the communities directly involved,” said Don Patnode, Program Administrator with GPS Education Partners.
“Our model of success is built around students participating in service learning projects,” Don continued. “But more than that, it elevates students to become leaders and creators of opportunities to give. Service learning (the art of giving) is an essential component of transforming lives and making a difference.”
The following is a list of just some of the ways GPS students have recently changed lives:
• Students at the Lakeside Education Center hosted a blood drive for the Blood Center of Wisconsin.
• Plexus Education Center students rung the bell this past holiday season for the Salvation Army.
• Ronald McDonald House patrons received box lunches prepared by our students at the Franklin Education Center.
• Students from the Eagle Education Center unloaded and sorted toys collected for the Salvation Army, and raised money to purchase Christmas gifts for three families in need.
• Central Milwaukee Education Center students collected toys, books and other items for children in a group home and in Children’s Hospital.
• Cabins were cleaned and prepared for Camp Double Eagle (YMCA Waukesha) by students in the Advanced Manufacturing Certificate Pathway at the Eagle Education Center.
• Students at the Power Test Education Center removed non-native species such as buckthorn and honeysuckle in Menomonee Park.
Bridging the Skills Gap
80% of executives state that today’s youth lack critical employability skills leaving businesses facing a talent pipeline crisis. GPS Education Partners is a solution. Together with business, community and school district partners, GPS drives innovation in education and training.
Navigating Student Success
GPS delivers an innovative education model to prepare students for the technical workforce through immersive, accelerated learning at local manufacturing companies. Students graduate with a plan, a purpose and the self-confidence to succeed.