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Accelerating Regional Work-Based Learning Ecosystems:
A Multi-District Initiative in Hennepin County, Minnesota

In this case study, you will learn how one community in Hennepin County, Minnesota worked with GPS Education Partners to advance CTE and provide career pathways through work-based learning for their students. Download our new case study to learn more!


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See how work-based learning can benefit students, businesses, and communities to create a strong ecosystem!


Work-Based Learning Ecosystems:
Improving Opportunity for All

When work-based learning programs are successful, everyone benefits. Download our new white paper to learn how!


GPS Education Partners.
We help you navigate work-based learning.

GPS Ed works as an intermediary between businesses, schools and communities to deliver educational strategies that provide students with real-life work experiences. Together, we develop their academic, technical and soft skills to increase their employability.

We prepare skilled workers for the modern workplace environment.
We build communities through partnerships that lead to opportunities.
We help young people understand the potential of their future.
Over 2 Decades.
Thousands of students. And lifetimes changed forever.
Students / Families
Students / Families

The Work-based Learning Journey

Connecting today’s classroom to tomorrow’s careers
Find where your journey begins below

Career Awareness Career Awareness


Grades 8–10

Career Exploration Career Exploration


Grades 9–11

Career Experience Career Experience


Grades 10–12

Career Preparation Career Preparation


Grades 12–14

Career Development Career Development


Grades 12–16

We help students transition from the learning environment to the working environment by providing first-hand experience in meaningful technical careers. This early career exposure prepares students for life as working adults and creates opportunities for schools, businesses and communities.

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Working with our business and education partners, we bring awareness to students about numerous industries and vocations.

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Student BenefitsDiscover your passions and interests, and how they can relate to an attainable career.

School BenefitsIgnite a sense of purpose in students by creating relevance between school and work through real world interactions.

Employer BenefitsDemonstrate the impact your work has on the community while increasing student awareness of technical careers.

Through applied career exploration, we bring job-relevance to students in their educational setting.

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Student BenefitsExplore potential career pathways and start creating a data-driven career plan.

School BenefitsIncrease student interest in academics with work-based learning experiences.

Employer BenefitsAlign student’s interests and aptitudes with job opportunities that meet your employment needs.

We intersect school and workplace environments with practical education programs and customized vocational training.

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Student BenefitsLearn valuable hard and soft skills while building an impressive portfolio through on-the-job training.

School BenefitsProvide new learning opportunities that give students the work-experience needed to validate their pathway choice.

Employer BenefitsTrain and develop the future workforce to create a more robust, diverse and innovative talent pipeline.

Through on-site work experience, we prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary for productive, fulfilling careers.

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Student BenefitsGain work experience in your desired career pathway while taking classes that advance your career options.

School BenefitsIncrease student engagement in academic coursework related to their desired careers.

Employer BenefitsTeach students the skills necessary to thrive in your workforce while increasing your productivity.

Students develop professionally through WBL, becoming productive members in their community.

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Student BenefitsImplement a personalized career-training plan, whether that means securing employment in your desired job or continuing education.

School BenefitsIncrease the amount of students who graduate career-ready.

Employer BenefitsGain access to highly motivated employees, already trained and developed to meet your company’s needs.

The Work-based Learning Journey.

Connecting today’s classroom to tomorrows careers.

The GPS Ed work-based learning continuum includes career awareness, exploration, experience, preparation and development for students in technical industries.

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We’ll work with you to craft the perfect work-based learning program for your needs.

Work-based Learning Intermediary Services

Developing client solutions for
employers, schools, and communities

WBL Intermediary Services

You have an idea for your work-based learning program. Let's start there to refine a custom, WBL solution. Businesses, schools and students look to us to solve workforce development challenges. Communities thank us for building meaningful career paths that help close the talent pipeline gap.

Education Center &
Youth Apprenticeship Program

Wisconsin-based program serving
students for over two decades

Youth Apprenticeship Program

Hundreds of businesses have engaged with us to make work-based learning—work. Our Youth Apprenticeship model is an immersive experience aligned to educator and industry standards. Certified by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, students earn a high school diploma and walk away with stackable, portable credentials that increase employability.


“The jumpstart I got through GPS Ed propelled me into a career with tons of potential. I was way ahead of the game the day I started.”
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