Our History

GPS Education Partners was launched in 2000, educating five students from a single school and partnering with one business. Today, GPSEd has graduated almost 800 students, partnered with more than 100 businesses and served over 45 school districts throughout Wisconsin. We’re continually working to expand our programs, certificate offerings and program reach, as we take on the growing workforce gap at a national level.

GPS Education Partners history timeline

2000—Second Change Partners forms with 1 business: 5 students at Generac Power Systems

2005—Second Chance Partners tests scale with first expansion of education center model
Established as a non-profit

2008—Establishes executive leadership team to speed scale

2010—Expands to northern Wisconsin

2012—3-yr. Harley Davidson grant to launch MSSC certification

2013—Recognized as a statewide youth apprenticeship consortium
Rebranded as GPS Education Partners
Launched Advanced Manufacturing Certificate Pathway pilot

2016—Rolled out new tools for Work-Based Learning (WBL) model

2018—Rolled out new Service Delivery Model – Exposure, Experience, Credentialed (EEC)
Implements Theory of Change to sustain Work-Based Learning solutions