GPS Education Partners wins national award

At this year’s MSSC Leadership Conference in Indianapolis, Butler-based nonprofit GPS Education Partners received the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Authorized Center Award, a recognition given to schools and/or organizations who are “exceptional” leaders in MSSC assessment.

MSSC is an industry-led, training, assessment and certification system focused on the core skills and knowledge needed by the nation’s frontline production and material handling workers. GPS said the nationwide MSSC System, based upon industry-defined and federally-endorsed national standards, is the gold standard for frontline industrial training.

Through a partnership with MSSC, funded by Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson Motor Company, GPS Education Partners is able to provide high school juniors and seniors with the opportunity to earn those nationally recognized certifications.

“Our organization deals with hundreds of secondary school programs throughout the USA,” said Leo Reddy, chair and chief executive officer of the nationwide MSSC. “None, however, have been as successful as GPS Education Partners in enabling high schoolers to secure the full Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification and securing employment. (GPS Education Partners) is a model program for the nation helping … youth enter promising career pathways in the exciting world of advanced manufacturing.”

In addition to receiving that award, GPS Education Partners president Stephanie Borowski received an award “For Outstanding Service to MSSC” at the MSSC Executive Briefing in June.

GPS Education Partners is preparing to implement its nationally recognized model in other states across the Midwest in early 2016. For the first time outside the state of Wisconsin, GPS Education Partners will engage technical colleges, school districts and manufacturers with its education model in an effort to accelerate technical education and promote success in technical careers.

Students who complete GPS Education Partners’ program earn their high school diploma and nationally recognized manufacturing certifications. They experience a career in manufacturing by actively engaging every day for two years in a hands-on, immersive, blended learning setting in local manufacturing companies.

GPS Education Partners has partnerships with more than 115 manufacturers and 35 school districts across the state of Wisconsin. Local partners include Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Generac, HellermannTyton, Milwaukee Public Schools and Waukesha County Technical College.

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