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 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.
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
Pre-engineering math concepts related to algebra, advanced algebra and precalculus
Oral and written communication
Civics responsibility and engagement
Industrialization, technology and economics
CAREER + TECHNICAL EDUCATION
Safety in the workplace
Quality practices and measurement
Reading and interpreting manufacturing blueprints
Computing tolerance and featured dimensions
Skill and interest evaluations
Application, resume and interviews
Business and school visits
Structured work-based experiences
Industrial maintenance, installation and repair
character + leadership
Community projects and service activities
Employability skills taught in the classroom and on-the-job
Teamwork and culture building activities
Communication and collaboration
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.
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.
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
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 email@example.com.
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.
*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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Yes, your student will be able to participate in their high school graduation upon completion of the program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, students have the opportunity to earn up to $20,000 or more while in the program.
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.
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.