Earn While You Learn

Think about this. According to Manpower, three of the top four most in-demand jobs are in manufacturing and the skilled trades.

Jumpstart your career through work-based learning! GPS Education Partners offers technical education and paid youth apprenticeships to high school juniors and seniors. You’ll be able to balance books with real-world experience by spending part of your day in a classroom setting at our education center and the other part working directly with a business partner.

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With an average 15:1 student to teacher ratio, you can accelerate at your own pace with a personalized learning experience and customized learning plans. Read more about personalized learning from one of our teachers, Katie Bohlin at the Generac-Eagle education center.


We’ll help you set your course and career path with our cutting-edge learning management system. Benefit from a competency-based, immersive learning experience aligned to educator and industry standards. Instead of grades, you earn credits for your work experiences



Basic operations with whole numbers, fractions and decimals

Applications of percents and ratios

Practical geometry

Workplace statistics

Pre-engineering math concepts related to algebra, advanced algebra and precalculus




language arts

Reading comprehension

Oral and written communication

Business communications

Technical reading

social studies

Civics responsibility and engagement

Industrialization, technology and economics

Workplace psychology



Safety in the workplace

Quality practices and measurement

Manufacturing processes


blueprint reading

Reading and interpreting manufacturing blueprints

Computing tolerance and featured dimensions

career exploration

Skill and interest evaluations

Application, resume and interviews

Business and school visits

Structured work-based experiences

apprenticeship training



Material processes

Industrial maintenance, installation and repair


lifetime fitness

Physical health


Mental health

character + leadership

Community projects and service activities

Employability skills taught in the classroom and on-the-job

Teamwork and culture building activities

information technology

Digital citizenship


Google applications

Communication and collaboration

financial literacy

Financial services

Money management and insurance


Loan terms and rental agreements

Character & Leadership

You’ll learn self-awareness, decision-making skills, self-management and teamwork. You’ll have opportunities to demonstrate these skills in your apprenticeship placement, as well as in the community through service learning projects.

Beyond Youth Apprenticeship

GPSEd is certified by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development so you’ll graduate with a youth apprenticeship certificate. You will also have the opportunity to earn a certified production technician designation from the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council.

All graduates earn a high school diploma from their home high school. Students are compensated for their work experience and their improved performance results directly in increased pay. Students can make between $8.25–$12.50 an hour.

Listen to these GPSEd student stories. Can you picture your future now?

What will GPS Education Partners’ students learn?

Through on-the-job training, students are able to gain mastery in the technical skills needed to prepare them for meaningful, productive careers. Paired with lessons, projects and classroom activities, students are also taught valuable life skills such as budgeting and money management, while growing soft skills such as teamwork, creative thinking and self-awareness. These character and leadership skills prepare students for lifelong success in and out of work.

Youth Apprenticeship Programs offer customized learning, smaller classrooms, work-based learning curriculums and high school diplomas for students looking for an alternative to traditional high school education.
GPSEd Enrollment Brochure
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Learn more about our program by downloading our enrollment brochure.

Daily schedule and locations

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

Although all learning and work is 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 GPSEd 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.

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

Ready to Apply

Download our 2019-2020 academic calendar below to be up to date on important events and dates for the year.

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Still wondering if a GPSEd Youth Apprenticeship Program is right for you?

Our program is perfect for students looking for:

  • Small class sizes and personalized education
  • Work-based learning
  • Career acceleration in manufacturing and other technical fields
  • You are or will soon be a Junior or Senior in High School

Ready to learn more? Great! We will work with your school to host an information session and/or we can invite you to join us at an upcoming webinar. Talk to your guidance counselor and contact enroll@gpsed.org.

Fall 2020 New Student Recruitment

To see a full list of our new student recruitment events download our Fall 2020 New Student Recruitment Timeline below to be up to date on important events and dates for the year.

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Tour a classroom or business facility

Now is the perfect time to visit an education center classroom or tour a business partners’ facility. You’ll meet GPSEd’s Education Center teachers and learn more about youth apprenticeships in manufacturing and other technical careers.

Set Up a Tour

*New tours are in the process of being scheduled. If you’d like to express interest in an upcoming tour, please call our enrollment team at 844-821-8118.

Frequently Asked Questions

Wisconsin Manufacturing Youth Apprenticeship Program

What is the current application process?

For a timeline of all our upcoming recruitment events, click here.

We accept applications from students on a rolling basis throughout the year with a final deadline for each term listed on our application page. Students interested in a fall start will need to be an incoming junior or senior to be eligible to apply. We also accept applications from juniors interested in applying for our spring (January) semester. All individuals who apply are guaranteed an interview and admittance decision mailed within two weeks of the interview. Accepted students will be given information on attending a required registration prior to starting in our classrooms.

What is the student registration and enrollment cost?

We have a one-time program cost of $150. Most of your experience is covered by our partners (schools and local businesses), grants, and donors but you will be responsible for registration costs and student consumables, like uniforms, field trips, and work-related gear. Families are also responsible for all student transportation.

How long is the program?

There are three different options for students joining the program. Students who begin the fall of their junior year will attend consecutively for two years and end the program in June of their senior year. A second option is to join in January of the student’s junior year, to complete a one year and a half program. The last option is for students to join a one-year experience during the fall semester of their senior year.

Where do students attend class?

All of the education centers are located within the facilities of our business partners and operate according to their calendar. Students do not attend classes at their home high school; however, they can still participate in extracurricular activities at their home high schools. Learn more here.

What does a typical day look like in the program?

A student spends two to three hours in the classroom and five to six hours in the workplace. A sample new student schedule could look as follows:

7 A.M.–10 A.M. in the classroom
10 A.M.–11 A.M. Break time, 11 A.M.–3:30 P.M. at work (at a nearby partner facility)
3:30 P.M. dismissal

Can my child still be involved in high school activities?

When a student becomes a part of GPSEd, they continue enrollment at their high school and have the privileges of any other student enrolled at that high school. We will work with the student and their employer in the program to do our best and accommodate for any school activities.

Will my child participate in graduation at their high school?

Yes, your student will be able to participate in their high school graduation upon completion of the program.

Do the instructors have specialized training?

GPSEd employs state-certified instructors licensed in content areas. The instructors facilitate the learning of core academics and the use of subject matter in technical training.

Will my child receive a report card?

GPSEd sends semester report cards to the parents and school districts. In addition, we provide a monthly update on the academic and workplace skills progress of the student. Upon completion of the program, a GPSEd transcript will show letter grades and earned credits of work they have completed.

What will GPSEd students receive upon completing the program?

Upon completion, students will receive a high school diploma from their home high school along with a certificate of occupational proficiency in manufacturing from Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development. In addition, the students will have the opportunity to become certified production technicians through the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council. The students will also have on-the-job training and work experience highlighted in a professional portfolio.

Do the students get time off?

Students will follow the calendar of the business at which they are employed and will have most major holidays off. GPSEd creates a program calendar which will identify times that the education center is closed, but the students may still be required to work.

What type of work do students do?

Each student will participate in up to three job rotations. The first is an exposure rotation where students experience a variety of career paths within manufacturing. The second is an experience rotation with the opportunity to dive a little deeper into an area of interest or skillset. The final is a credentialed rotation in which students may have the opportunity to earn technical college credits and/or credentials.

Who supervises my child on the job?

Students are engaged in actual production jobs and are considered part of the work team. Each student will be working under the supervision of a trained mentor who is employed by the business partner. Teachers and program coordinators interact with mentors on a weekly (or more frequently, if needed) basis regarding student progress and performance.

How safe are the working conditions for my student?

Today’s manufacturing environments are very different from those of many years ago. In addition to being much cleaner and more high-tech, the working conditions are extremely safe as required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The first testing module students are required to take in the industry certification series is focused on safety awareness.

Do students get paid while participating in the program?

Yes, students have the opportunity to earn up to $20,000 or more while in the program.

Does the school or GPSEd provide transportation?

When placing students at a partner worksite we will do our best to take all matters into consideration. However, it is the responsibility of the student/parent(s)/family to provide transportation to the classroom and the workplace.

Can my child still go to a four-year college?

Yes! The curriculum provided to our students can prepare them for a four-year college. Our team of staff members also help students develop their applications if this is the route they choose after our program. Several GPSEd graduates have gone on to earn a degree at a four-year college.

What does the academic calendar look like?

You can view and download our academic calendar here or find the academic calendar above next to the daily schedule and locations section.