GPS Education Partners, Inc.

Navigating Student Success

aka GPS Education Partners   |   Waukesha, WI   |  www.gpsed.org

Mission

GPSEd is a nonprofit work-based learning solutions provider and advocate, representing our students, businesses, and communities, focusing on access and equity for all students to succeed in careers of the future.

Notes from the nonprofit

GPS Education Partners is on a journey to change the lives of thousands of students, to validate technical career pathways as a viable career choice, and to provide a pathway to prosperity for more students in more communities. We'd be honored to have your consideration and support of the great work and changes our team is making. We are excited about the future, and even more excited to take this journey together, a journey that will create personal and economical impacts not only on today's students but on future generations to come. Your Friends at GPS Education Partners!

Ruling year info

1995

President/CEO

Stephanie Borowski

Main address

20633 Watertown Court, Suite 202

Waukesha, WI 53186 USA

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Formerly known as

Second Chance Partners for Education

EIN

39-1667442

NTEE code info

Business, Youth Development (O53)

Business and Industry (S40)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

While many students feel underserved in the traditional classroom and struggle to find the connection between their education and an attainable career, businesses are experiencing an increasing need for skilled workers. Traditional education models that separate education (learn) from experience (work) foster inequity in access for these students, especially among the disadvantaged populations as they transition from high school. to work, to sustainability. New models that focus on the value of experience as learning, require community-based partnerships, new ways of thinking about education and training, and clear strategies and support to execute at scale and impact on a system level.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Work based Learning Intermediary Services

GPSEd serves as an intermediary partner to schools, businesses, and communities to provide scalable, quality work-based learning solutions that impact educational systems, talent pipeline needs, and unite and lift local economies by preparing today’s youth for tomorrow’s technical workplace. GPSEd designs, builds, executes, and evaluates customizable and sustainable work-based learning programs that meet the unique needs of each partner and ensure new pathways for student success.

Population(s) Served
Students
Adolescents

GPSEd offers schools targeted programming to develop early career awareness and exposure for students to support their educational planning around in-demand STEM careers in their community. We develop and execute activities that promote student engagement through career exploration and experience. Students in the spring of 9th grade focus on career awareness skills and are introduced to team building and problem solving curriculum. They are encouraged to find connections between their strengths and interests, and a potential future career. Programming is ideally suited to align with CTE courses, however, it can be facilitated through Academic and Career Planning (ACP), study hall, or afterschool programs.

Students in 10th and 11th grade participate in programming that is focused on career exploration and career experience. Students have the opportunity to engage with a curriculum that measures their work readiness aptitudes, helps them align their interests with planning for the future, and ultimately have an opportunity to engage in real-work experience to practice their work aptitudes and reflect on career pathway interests.

The goals of the programming are to increase student awareness of self and of technical careers and the pathways to access them as well as to enhance the students’ career planning with access to authentic experiences.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Students

Alternative Education This educational programming is designed for disengaged Junior and Senior students and provides an alternative to the traditional classroom by creating new hope and opportunities for students who are at-risk of not graduating high school. These hands-on learners thrive with personalized learning plans and a 1:15 teacher-student ratio within one of several GPSEd Education Center classrooms. The learning is integrated within the business environment through work-based learning methods providing students with real-life work experiences where they can apply academic and technical skills while developing their employability. These students graduate with their high school diploma and industry credentials that prepare them for immediate entry-level work. They go forward with a plan, a purpose and the self-confidence to succeed in life.

Advanced Youth Apprenticeship GPS Education Partners provides an education model rooted in rigorous academics and immersive, hands-on learning through apprenticeships for high school students looking to accelerate their technical career options. Our model links academic requirements to industry standards resulting in stackable and transferable credentials aligned to technical career pathways. This accelerated work-based learning prepares students for advanced positions beyond entry level employment. Foundational to this process, are the employability and character skills our students learn that make them productive citizens as well as prepare them to be career and college ready.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Small Nonprofit of the Year Award - Waukesha County Business Alliance 2021

The Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship (PAYA) Network 2018

Wisconsin Association of School Boards Business Honor Roll 2017

National Association of the Remodeling Industry Visionary Leadership Award 2017

Mutual of America's 2016 Community Partnership Award 2016

State of Wisconsin Emerging School-to-Work Model of Excellence 2013

State of Wisconsin Emerging School-to-Work Model of Excellence 2013

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Manufacturing Youth Apprenticeship Program & Work-based Learning (WBL) Readiness Programming

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Manufacturing Youth Apprenticeship Program & Work-based Learning (WBL) Readiness Programming

Number of high school seniors who graduate from high school on time

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Manufacturing Youth Apprenticeship Program. Based on the number of students who replied to the survey.

Number of clients still working after 12 months

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Manufacturing Youth Apprenticeship Program Based on the number of students who replied to the survey.

Number of people working at the SME/Coop/Enterprise on a full-time (> 35 hours per week) basis as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Manufacturing Youth Apprenticeship Program Based on the number of students who replied to the survey.

Number of suppliers with whom the SME/Coop/Enterprise has an agreement, contract, or ongoing business relationship as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Manufacturing Youth Apprenticeship Program. Our contracted businesses and school district partners.

Number of students who are Certified Production Technician (CPT).

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Manufacturing Youth Apprenticeship Program The Certified Production Technician (CPT) is a manufacturing industry-recognized certification offered through the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council.

Number of program graduates

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Manufacturing Youth Apprenticeship Program

Number of graduates pursuing technical careers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Manufacturing Youth Apprenticeship Program

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Students served across all programming offered.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

GPSEd has been leading the way with work-based learning in Wisconsin with regional expansion across the midwest and aims to expand nationwide by partnering with innovative businesses, educators, and communities across the country to develop solutions that properly prepare ALL students for career readiness.

By 2025, we would like to see 10,000 students journey through a GPSEd work-based learning experience to establish awareness of a technical career that they may pursue that shows them their purpose, and provides a pathway to a more meaningful life.

Our future would see that scalable work-based learning has become an accepted and essential part of the educational model for primary and post-secondary schools, and would bridge the existing gap between education and work that has inhibited student success for select populations, while improving viability for business and communities.

GPS Education Partners will continue work to connect business and education, both in and outside of Wisconsin, by implementing education/workforce solutions that change the lives of adolescents in middle and high school and provide the outcomes businesses need to close the gap between education outcomes and workforce needs.

We will continue to form and leverage strategic partnerships with more stakeholders across more industries and communities so that we can provide scalable work-based learning opportunities to more students to develop their work, employability, character, and leadership skills in real-work environments.

GPSEd staff leverage expertise across the lifecycle of work + learn strategies to perform: alternative education services, employability assessment and training programs, academic and career counseling, socio-emotional learning, training of business employees through mentorship programs, coordination of state-required documents, and competency mapping. Our leadership team has vast experience in corporate HR, non-profit management, educational delivery, and workforce development. GPSEd’s Board and advisors reflect the focus of both regional and national alignment in education and workforce development as well as industry expertise.

Since GPS Education Partners (GPSEd) launch in 2000 as an innovative educational model designed to bridge the needs between a single employer and five disengaged high school students lost in the traditional education system, we have grown to meet the needs of over one thousand underserved students and hundreds of schools, businesses, and community-based organizations- all focused on the development and employment of our youth in technical careers through work-based learning solutions.

With an early emphasis on developing at-risk high school juniors and seniors through work-based learning (WBL) activities that provide experience, preparation, and development in technical roles in manufacturing, GPSEd has expanded its model and services to include activities that reach younger students to develop earlier career awareness and exploration. These activities provide equity and access to all students and help align more students to well-paying technical careers that are closing the skills gap for employers and building more prosperous communities. By linking classroom learning to the real-world of work in technical careers, these students are shown a new pathway to post-secondary education and career training that was getting lost in the traditional K-12 system.

The current need in most communities is the development of innovative solutions that attract, develop, and retain the next generation of technically skilled employees to fill the gap in the workforce left by retiring baby boomers, and a 30-year lack of focus on technical careers by the current education system. As our work continues, GPSEd is developing cutting-edge initiatives that will scale work-based learning to more students in more communities both in and outside of Wisconsin. GPSEd features these innovative solutions at https://gpsed.org/media-library/. As students adapt to new ways to learn, GPSEd is designing new ways to deliver work-based learning solutions.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    GPS Education Partners works as an intermediary serving the needs of businesses, schools, and communities to deliver educational strategies that provide students with real-life work experiences. Together we develop their academic, technical, and soft skills to increase their career readiness, access to employer networks, and personal confidence to pursue post-secondary career education and or employment.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We leveraged intentional feedback through a human centered design session with students to identify how to best recruit students to pursue immersive work based learning programs. Specific focus was given to how to reach underrepresented students. The result of this work included several concepts to incorporate with our partners in our student recruitment processes. We are currently testing this with new recruitment activity to determine best way to leverage in engage more diverse student participation in our programs.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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GPS Education Partners, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 11/12/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Jeffrey Clark

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Term: 2024 - 2018


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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/12/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/12/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.