The GPS model transforms the way students prepare for a technical-skilled career, while also refilling the talent pool for manufacturers and supporting local communities.
What are the challenges?
… for Students
High schools use one model to educate an entire student body. At GPS Education Partners, we understand that the one-size-fits-all model does not apply to education. Various learning styles do exist! We offer students the opportunity to learn in a personalized, blended-learning structure aligned to their demonstrated strengths, needs and interests.
When students are disengaged in a traditional high school environment, many often struggle to find a connection to the standard model, especially the hands-on learners who are largely underserved by that model. A more relevant learning environment is desired because their current environment doesn’t fit their needs.
We have entered an era where the value and impact of a four-year college degree is decreasing, but the cost of attaining that same degree is increasing. About 15 percent of young adults aged 16 to 24 are not in school or working. GPS Education Partners opens the door for youth to explore different careers, giving them the opportunity to train for meaningful employment while providing them with the education and tools they need to successfully transition from high school into a prosperous career. Learn more about becoming a student by clicking here.
… for Schools
Decreasing budgets have forced many school districts to cut programs, including the technical education programs that were once popular among high school students. Lacking the resources to train youth today on the manufacturing jobs of tomorrow further widens the skills mismatch between what is taught in school and what skills are needed to fill the most in-demand jobs of the future.
It is estimated that the need for workers holding technical certifications and credentials will increase to five million by the year 2020. That’s why it is important for students who are on the verge of becoming adults to engage in learning that is relevant to their career interests and future employment opportunities.
Through GPS, school districts can offer a career and technical education program that boosts students’ graduation and work-readiness rates. Our collaboration with technical colleges also allows students to further their education past high school and to develop a more advanced skillset to enter a career with a position beyond entry level. Learn more about our community partners, including schools, by clicking here.
… for Businesses
There are about three million unfilled skilled jobs in America – a massive employability gap. Meanwhile, today’s manufacturing workforce is aging and the current generation is not finding pathways to these types of careers.
Advanced logistics, new manufacturing technologies (such as robotics and 3D printing) and inexpensive energy have resulted in a resurgence of American manufacturing. However, two-thirds of manufacturing companies have had moderate to severe levels of shortages of qualified workers, particularly skilled production workers.
Businesses are in need of a talent development model like GPS to help them grow knowledgeable and skilled employees for sustained growth within their organizations. Learn more about our community partners, including business partners, by clicking here.
… for Communities
The condition of a community is based on the stability of its residents. For local communities to thrive there must be viable job opportunities and qualified people who can fill those openings. Employability fuels local economies and accelerates growth.
When there is a shortage of skilled workers, manufacturing companies are often faced with a difficult decision to relocate, taking with them the jobs that supported the families of that community. This can also force residents to relocate and abandon communities that once flourished with available jobs and available workers—leading to an economic crisis.
But where there is crisis, there is opportunity.
GPS is a solution beyond the classroom and the workplace. We take a novel, community-based approach that brings education, business and community together to provide meaningful opportunities for high school students.
Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) deals with hundreds of secondary school programs throughout the United States. None, however, have been as successful as GPS Education Partners in enabling high schoolers to secure the full Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification and securing employment... [GPS Education Partners] is a model program for the nation, helping youth enter promising career pathways in the exciting world of advanced manufacturing. – Leo Reddy, Chair and CEO of the nationwide MSSC
GPS’ innovative education model is bringing us one step closer to closing the skills and employability gaps. GPS students learn through a personalized, blended-learning structure that is tied to an immersive, work-based environment where students earn income. The curriculum is tied to business partners’ needs; therefore, creating a talent pipeline of students who are skilled and interested in manufacturing. Through the GPS program, all graduates are college and career ready, and prepared to transition into full-time employment and/or to pursue a postsecondary education.
A student’s time in the GPS program is enhanced through on-the-job training and experiences such as working with and being mentored by adults who help them develop real-life skills such as critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration. These experiences also strengthen their character and leads them to discover their own leadership qualities early in life. Our students reach adulthood with a professional network and a strong work ethic that follows them throughout their careers.