Second Chance changes name

Second Chance Partners for Education has changed its name to GPS Education Partners: Navigating Student Success. The Butler-based organization offers an immersive manufacturing learning environment for disengaged high school students.

GPS Education Partners has 13 education centers in nine Wisconsin counties and has partnered with 36 high schools and more than 80 businesses.

“The new name really captures the passion, enthusiasm and commitment that we all have for helping students chart a successful path for their future,” said President Stephanie Borowski. “Our students are hands-on learners, who have either struggled in traditional high school settings, or who want accelerated and advanced educational options. Our goal is to equip them with the exposure, talent, and resources they need through focused and accelerated education pathways.”

GPS recently added an Advanced Manufacturing Certification Pathway, which includes communications, math, applied sciences, social sciences and technical coursework. The pathway allows students to earn transcripted credits and stackable, transferable credentials.

“As we looked to the future, it became clear to us that our name needs to reflect both our ongoing evolution and our firm commitment to the kids,” Borowski said. “As we open doors for more students, more business partners and more communities across Wisconsin, everyone needs to know that’s where our focus lies – on helping kids navigate their options and chart a path for success. We‘re excited that GPS Education Partners does this so well.”

Thirty-five students graduated from the 21-month GPS program last week with a high school diploma, a two-year Youth Apprenticeship Certificate and MSSC Certification.

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