GPS Awarded State Youth Apprenticeship Grant
Wisconsin State Governor Scott Walker just announced that GPS Education Partners will receive a youth apprenticeship grant of $196,200.
Statewide, youth apprenticeship (YA) grants total $3.2 million and are awarded to 32 regional consortiums across Wisconsin for the 2016-17 school year.
“The key to Wisconsin’s future success rests in our ability to provide the next generation of workers with the practical skills they need to succeed,” Governor Walker said. “That’s why we continue to make investments in workforce development programs like Youth Apprenticeship and Dual Enrollment.”
Governor Walker announced earlier this year an additional $1 million investment in the YA program, which will serve approximately 600 additional Wisconsin students.
Established in 1991, Wisconsin’s YA program is part of a statewide School-to-Work initiative. The program is designed for high school students who want to develop their skills through a hands-on learning experience at a work site combined with classroom instruction. YA gives Wisconsin’s high school students with the opportunity to explore career options while earning a wage and gaining work experience. Students who complete the program receive a YA completion certificate and may receive technical college credit and graduate with the skills needed to accept an entry-level position in their occupational area.