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Education Center & Youth Apprenticeship Program

Connecting High School Students to Technical Careers

GPS Ed operates a statewide Department of Workforce Development Youth Apprenticeship Consortium throughout Wisconsin. Our nationally recognized Education Center & Youth Apprenticeship (YA) program is a key talent development strategy to help employers address the skills gap.

Connecting business and student needs

Our Education Center & YA program is a cost-effective investment for a business’s talent strategy. Apprentices build skills that meet evolving business needs and contribute to their employer’s bottom line.

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Rooted in rigorous academics and immersive, hands-on learning, our program links high school graduation requirements with industry standards. The results are stackable and transferable credentials aligned to technical career pathways that help close the gap between education and work.

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See how the GPS Ed Youth Apprenticeship Program addresses these stages of the WBL Journey for students.

Equipping youth with the skills to succeed

This accelerated learning program prepares students for advanced positions beyond entry-level employment. We facilitate partnerships between hundreds of businesses and educators to create 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 applicable to the workplace and everyday life.

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Valuable post-program results

The employability and character skills our students learn help shape them into productive citizens and prepare them to be career- and college-ready. And as more students build their portfolio and graduate career-ready, businesses open themselves up to a more robust, diverse, and innovative talent pipeline.

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.

Hear from our WBL stakeholders on our Education Center & Youth Apprenticeship Program

Key elements of the GPS Ed Education Center & Youth Apprenticeship Program:

  • Industry-developed skill standards
  • Exposure to multiple aspects of the industry
  • Skilled mentors assigned to train the students
  • Paid on-the-job work experience
  • Related classroom instruction concurrent with work-based learning
  • Curriculum guidelines for all programs
  • Performance evaluation of demonstrated competencies
  • State-issued skill certificate

How does it work?

Discovery and enrollment

We partner with high schools to discover students who have a passion or need to learn in a hands-on environment. Students are evaluated thoroughly and placed with employers who have career pathways that align with their interests and aptitudes, ensuring positive outcomes for all.

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Daily schedule and locations

Each student’s day is divided between classroom learning at a GPS Ed Education Centers and work-based training at one of our many business partners.

Although all learning and work are done outside of the students home school*, they must continue to play an active role in the students’ success. Academic lessons are delivered by a GPS Ed Technical Instructor and a mentor at the workplace is trained to assist students in their work-based training. Mentors also support, empower and teach students critical and applicable life-long skills. This approach also gives employees the opportunity to grow as leaders.

* Schools interested in students remaining on-premise for academic lessons should contact GPS Ed for program customization.

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Learn more about our program by downloading our enrollment brochure.

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Focused growth brings positive outcomes

GPS Ed was launched in 2000, educating just five students from a single school and partnering with one business. Today there are over 1,000 graduates from more than 50 school districts that have filled the talent needs of almost 100 businesses across Wisconsin.

2021-2023 3-Year Average Outcomes //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////


Graduation Rate


MSSC Certified Production Technician Pass Rate*


Passed The National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) Assessment


Earned YA Certificate of Occupational Proficiency**


Pursuing Technical Careers

Employment Rate


Full-Time Employment Rate**

*2-year seniors CPT – MSSC Pass Rate
**2020-2022 3 Year Averages

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