NEW YORK, Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Mutual of America announced today that Credentialed Work-Based Learning was named a Merit Finalist award recipient in the 2016 Community Partnership Award competition.
Since 2000, Wisconsin-based GPS Education Partners (GPS) has been committed to putting high school juniors and seniors securely on the path to success in high-demand, well-paying careers. Recently, GPS launched Credentialed Work-Based Learning, a 24-month program that provides students with immersive, state-of-the-art technical education and training at exclusive education centers, located onsite at manufacturing facilities and staffed by state-licensed instructors, plus structured, relevant apprenticeships with individual skills coaches and mentors. This ground-breaking program accelerates education and careers in a unique collaboration that brings together school districts looking to increase the success of their students; technical colleges that strive to build a pipeline of prepared students; and manufacturing businesses seeking to close the employment gap by mentoring and nurturing potential new hires. "The core of the Credentialed Work-Based Learning program is preparing young people for success with a solid education, a career plan with purpose and employability skills for life," said Stephanie Borowski, President and CEO. "Today, 100% of our graduates earn industry-recognized certificates, and 80% who pursue advanced manufacturing careers are hired by companies at which they were trained."