Help Close the Gap

Last year we raised $183,860 thanks to you but the skilled labor shortage continues to widen due to a gap in career awareness, experience, and preparation for well-paying technical jobs. This year, GPS Education Partners celebrates 20 years of helping students close these gaps by embarking on a work-based learning journey where they develop the skills needed to be career and college ready on their pathway to prosperity—but we can’t do it without your help! GPSEd’s 2nd Annual Close the Gap Campaign dates will be announced soon. Stay tuned for updates.

To learn more download our Close the Gap brochure.
To get involved or to sponsor a student today, act now by downloading and filling out our sponsorship form here.

Why Donate?

There’s a massive and increasing need for skilled workers.

Did you know less than 66% of Americans who attend a four-year college will graduate? Students are often discouraged as they struggle to connect their education and a meaningful career. And along the way, they are saddled with debt. Yet, the need for skilled labor continues to grow—a staggering two million manufacturing positions are unfulfilled.

See How GPSEd is Closing the Gap

The GPSEd Impact

Growing strong futures

Too many Wisconsin youth are stuck in a cycle of poverty, even though many good-paying technical careers are within reach.

GPSEd works to design, build, execute and assess credentialed Work-based Learning (WBL) solutions that transforms education while addressing the need for workforce development. We believe every student deserves an education that will ensure personal fulfillment and economic success!

Make a difference now

By making a donation, you can create a bright future for a student, while strengthening your local businesses and communities. With your help we can close the achievement gap by providing greater equity in educational support, attainment, and benefits.

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Our Results

For over 18 years, we’ve helped struggling students realize brighter futures with the support of people like you.

Students in our program have the opportunity to graduate career ready, with:

  • High school diploma from home high school
  • Youth Apprenticeship Certificate
  • MSSC Certified Production Technician Certificate
  • ACT National Career Readiness Certificate
  • Pathways to meaningful careers
  • Opportunities to earn postsecondary credit
  • Hard skills, soft skills, and life skills

Graduation Rate

Earned YA Certificate of Occupational Proficiency

MSSC Certified Production Technician Pass Rate

Full Time Employment Rate**

Pursuing Technical Careers

Attendance Rate

*Numbers based on 3 year (2017-2019) average Alumni outcomes

**Average rate based upon surveys conducted 4 months post graduation

Meet Josh, a GPSEd student.

How is GPSEd funded?

GPSEd is partially funded through our partnerships with schools and businesses that believe in the transformation of education. This makes up about one-third of our revenue. Our consultative services provide another third of our revenue by developing new work-based learning opportunities.

See how you can Become a Business Partner or Become a School Partner

The final third of our revenue is generated by fundraising. By reaching out to disadvantaged populations, with a shared vision for equity in education and prosperity for all, with your support, together we will close the gap!


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Donors & Grants

Our work is made possible thanks to the generosity and support from our many donors. With their help we’re able to work towards closing the workforce gap, giving many students and businesses brighter futures. See our Annual Report for a full listing of donors.

Bader Philanthropies a donor to GPS Education Partners
Daniel Soref Charitable Trust Logo for Donor Page
Impact Greater Milwaukee 100
Kohl's Cares
United Way
US Bank
We Energies Foundation
State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

Thank you to ITU AbsorbTech

We want to thank our amazing business partner, ITU AbsorbTech for their in-kind donation of making our great looking student uniforms. Check out our students from our STRATTEC Security Corporation Education Center posing in our GPSEd t-shirts.