Classes are at the workplace for high school students who have joined the Wisconsin based GPS Education Partners, where high schools students can complete their coursework at a company while gaining work experience.
GPS students attend classes for 21 months without spring or summer breaks, while finishing their junior and senior high school years. The program is demanding, as students attend classes in a company training room in writing, math and social studies, with certified teachers who integrate lessons with real life experience.
At Bradley Corp, students from three high schools will complete the same requirements as their high school peers, as well as work in manufacturing and performing community service. When not in class, the students spend approximately five hours a day in a paid job at Bradley or another manufacturer.
“A big portion of what they are learning is being taught by mentors who see them as colleagues and young adults,” said Bernie McCarthy, the lead GPS instructor at Bradley Corp.