Connecting today’s classroom to tomorrow’s careers.

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

The Work-based Learning Journey

Successful technical career navigation should include a continuum of work-based learning that involves meaningful interactions with businesses and/or community-based organizations. By providing in-depth, hands-on activities, real-world work is integrated into students’ education, preparing them for a valuable technical career.

These experiences may be delivered in workplaces, communities and schools. Activities such as job shadowing and apprenticeships help students create career pathways.

Career Awareness

Early exposure to technical careers

GPS Education Partners works with its business and education partners to bring student awareness to numerous industries and vocations. Together, through early assessments of interests, skills and abilities, we increase student interest in technical careers and help them identify their aptitudes earlier to create data-driven career training plans. All of these real world interactions create relevance between education and an attainable career.

Grade Level: 8–10
Student Ages: 14–16
Location: Schools and Community Based Organizations
Duration: One-time, brief

Student Benefits

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

School Benefits

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

Employer Benefits

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

Student activities include:

  • STEM projects / Hands-on projects
  • Industry tours
  • Interest Inventory
  • Public speaking
  • Self-awareness activities
  • Personal reflection on career interests
  • Mini camps

Career Exploration

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Career Exploration

Discover career interests and aptitudes

GPSEd provides career pathway mapping and counseling services supported by employability assessment and training. Through mentorship programs, students build confidence, workplace skills and career awareness at a formidable time in their journey. It’s a hands-on approach via education centers and workplace experience. The combination of instruction and execution prepares students for the jobs of the future, and more importantly, a fulfilling career.

Grade Level: 9–11
Student Ages: 14–17
Location: Schools and Community Based Organizations
Duration: Brief and varied

Student Benefits

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

School Benefits

Increase student interest in academics with work-based learning experiences.

Employer Benefits

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

The experiential process for students includes:

  • Job shadows
  • Career interviews / Career fairs
  • Employability development
  • Work/volunteer experience
  • Aptitude assessments
  • Reflection on career interests and personal skills/aptitudes

Career Experience

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Career Experience

Developing hard and soft skills for workplace success

GPSEd works with its business and education partners to create customized training programs that meet real-world employment needs and competencies. With on-the-job training, students are able to develop essential hard and soft skills they can apply to the everyday workplace life. And as more students build their portfolio and graduate career-ready, businesses open themselves up to a more robust, diverse and innovative talent pipeline.

Grade Level: 10–12
Student Ages: 15–18
Location: Schools and Businesses
Duration: Mid-length, immersive

Student Benefits

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

School Benefits

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

Employer Benefits

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

The experiential process for students includes:

  • Internships
  • Pre-Apprenticeships
  • Paid Employment
  • Project Based Learning (PBL) related to industry
  • Portfolio Development
  • Personal reflection on career and education goals

Career Preparation

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Career Preparation

Furthering education to achieve career goals

As students gain more experience in their desired career pathway, engagement in related academic courses is increased. Employers are given the opportunity to retain youth as their future workforce. Students seeking careers that require more education will have the opportunity to earn technical college credits and/or credentials, increasing matriculation to post-secondary education.

Grade Level: 12–14
Student Ages: 17–20
Location: Businesses and Schools
Duration: Longer, immersive

Student Benefits

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

School Benefits

Increase student engagement in academic coursework related to their desired careers.

Employer Benefits

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

The hands-on student instruction includes:

  • Apprenticeships
  • Clinical
  • Post-secondary classes aligned to career pathway

Career Development

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Career Development

The pathway to meaningful work

Our student partners graduate high school well-prepared to work, and businesses gain access to highly motivated employees, trained and ready to contribute. Students develop professionally with a personalized training plan for their chosen career, whether that means securing employment in their desired career or continuing education. Together, we develop students into career-ready adults.

Grade Level: 12–16
Student Ages: 17–22
Location: Specific Employer
Duration: Full-time employment

Student Benefits

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

School Benefits

Increase the amount of students who graduate career-ready.

Employer Benefits

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

Includes:

  • Onboarding
  • Continuing education